The flavonoids in wine and grapes can protect skin cells from death by
chocolate UV radiation, says a study by U. Barcelona and the National Research Council of Spain.
Not sure if this study was funded by the Rioja Vintners Chamber of Commerce, but it does make a certain amount of ~sense-ish.
Some sources are reporting that if you Drink Wine or Eat Grapes, it can help.
Erm, I may have read the glaringly-brief Abstracts incorrectly, but I thought the experiments were not carried out on humans, but involved applying coatings to the outside surface of extracted skin cells. -Not systemic propagation through Napa-Destroying Bacchanalia.
-I mean, if RAF Fighter Pilots ate so many carrots that their skin turned orange,
->Then, to propagate similar amounts phytochemicals from grapes or wine, you would be KNIFE-MURDERING your blood-sugar with grapes,
or just PERMANENTLY Hammered-Drunk on wine.
-Like Toulouse-Lautrec-Magnitude Drunk.
-Like Rick James would check you out and make a clever Dorothy-Parker-ian clip about you being PROFESSIONALLY blitzed.
-maybe door #2, then?
Neat Idea anyway. Perhaps yet ANOTHER benefit of the Mediterranean Diet?
I’m guessing, as most experiments go, this was probably done using a chemical concentration no human could possibly achieve through normal consumption.
UPDATE: Some commenters out there are agreeing with me on the consumption-angle skepticism.
Photo Credits: “girl drinking wine”, by oana gherman
Protective effect of structurally diverse grape procyanidin fractions against UV-induced cell damage and death.