New Study - Red Wine Prevents Sunburn

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New Study - Red Wine Prevents Sunburn

Postby natman » Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:06 pm

Drinking wine could help to stop sunburn ... nburn.html

Drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from sunburn, according to a new study that found a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage.

Drinking wine could protect you from sunburn Photo: ALAMY
5:30PM BST 31 Jul 2011

Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature ageing, sun burn and even skin cancer.

But in another nod towards the healthy mediteranean diet, Spanish scientists found substances in the grapes protect cells from the damage.

Already cosmetic companies are registering interest in the hope of making sun creams or pills that copy the process.

The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council looked at the chemical reaction in the skin when hit by UV rays from the sun.

They found that flavonoids in the grapes can stop the chemical reaction that causes cells to die and therefore skin damage.

The study, carried out in vitro in the laboratory, has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Marta Cascante, a biochemist at the University of Barcelona and director of the research project, said it proves grapes could help protect the skin from sun burn and even skin cancer.

She said the research could help to develop skin creams and other products to protect skin from sun damage.

"This study supports the idea of using these products to protect the skin from cell damage and death caused by solar radiation, as well as increasing our understanding of the mechanism by which they act", she said.

The study also adds to the popular image of the healthy and tanned population of the mediteranean.

Previous research has put the low cancer rates and good health down to tomatoes, olive oil and even red wine.


My wife and I usually have one glass of red wine with our evening meal, particularly if that meal is high-protein such as steak, chicken, pork or fish.

I have a slight case of GERDS (acid reflux) and have found that one glass of red wine with such meals actually prevents me from waking up with heartburn in the middle of the night (I have found the exact opposite to be the case with most white wines). My wife had her gal bladder removed a few years ago and finds that a glass of red wine allows her to eat some of the "forbidden" foods such as brocolli without causing gas or indigestion.

We are also interested in the fact that red wines contain a strong antioxidant call Resveritol which has been found to also reduce aging as well as serum cholesterol.

I had noticed that it seemed to be taking me longer to get a sunburn than in the past, but I had pretty much chalked that up to the fact that I am more tanned now than I had been for a while.
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