August 1, 2011

Grapes And Wine Help Prevent Sunburns

According to new research, drinking wine or eating grapes could help protect people from sunburns.

Spanish scientists found in a new study that substances in grapes protect cells from the damage ultraviolet (UV) rays cause on the skin.

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

The researchers found that flavonoids in the grapes can stop the chemical reaction that causes cells to die, damaging skin.

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

She said the research could help 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 in a statement.

Previous studies assumed the low cancer rates and good health in the Mediterranean population was due to a high diet of tomatoes, olive oil and even red wine.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.


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