In The News: Drink Wine for Fewer Sunburns

| 8/2/2011 3:16:05 PM

J.PattonI’m no wine connoisseur, but I have been known to indulge in a glass or two of Madria Sangria. That’s why when I came across this news today, I got a little excited: Researchers have found yet another health benefit associated with wine.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that a compound found in grapes or grape derivatives, both ingredients often found in wine, may help shield skin cells from ultraviolet radiation.

Here’s how: When those damaging UV rays hit your skin, they start a damaging process within. The rays activate “reactive oxygen species” (ROS), which oxidize molecules such as DNA and lipids. This stimulates enzymes that kill skin cells, thus causing sunburn.

Grapes contain flavonoids that reduce the amount of ROS in skin cells exposed to UV rays. With a smaller amount of ROS, the skin is less likely to burn.

Drinking a glass of wine may save your skin while you're lazing at the pool this summer.
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In addition to its sunscreen-like properties, wine also contains many other health benefits that wine fanatics can feel good about.