Great news ! Great news for red wine fans – it keeps you looking young.
Wine is part of the Mediterranean diet, which is also rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, legumes, seafood, yogurt, and olive oil. This diet is more of a lifestyle that includes drinking wine with dinner. Studies show that the Mediterranean diet is associated with longer, healthier lives.
Drinking a glass of red wine a day is the single most important thing that you can do other than nonsmoking, from an anti-aging point of view. Drinking more than recommended can have the opposite effect on your appearance and health.
Is Drinking Wine a Key to Antiaging?
The latest antiaging weapon is not an injection or a wonder cream, and it doesn’t involve any nipping or tucking either. It’s a glass of red wine a day for women and two for men, according to Richard A. Baxter, MD, a plastic surgeon in Seattle and the author of Age Gets Better with Wine.
Wine and beauty, really?
There is quite a lot of data on the wine and beauty connection. I was surprised at how extensive the data is on wine as an antiaging intervention.
What is it about wine that can help us age and look better?
The mechanism is the antioxidants in red wine. Antioxidants sop up damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. There is a much higher concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol, in wine compared to grape juice. It’s all down to a health and heart-boosting ingredient called resveratrol, which can be found in the skin of red grapes (and therefore wine) that reduces stress and damage to our DNA.
Now for the science: “resveratrol mimics another molecule found naturally in the body that is involved in activating an ancient chemical pathway to limit stress and damage to the DNA of cells – which would otherwise result in ageing and disease“.