Is Wine The New Fountain Of Youth?
Wine gets better with age, but can age get better with wine? The latest anti aging weapon is not an injection or a wonder cream, and it doesn’t involve the old nip/tuck either. Quite simply, for glowing skin it’s all about consuming a glass of red wine a day for women and two for men. Following is more information about the wine/beauty connection: the new elixir of life.
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, including resveratrol in wine compared to grape juice. In wine, the skin and seeds are part of the fermenting process, but both are removed when making grape juice.
Stress may have something to do with it, too. It is difficult to sort out how much of the benefits are from the chemical properties of wine vs. the types of behaviors that wine drinkers tend to have such as less stress in their lives. 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, but you can have too much of a good thing. Drinking more than recommended can have the opposite effect on your appearance and health.