Wine may contain compounds that can help fight premature aging. These plant chemicals are called polyphenols.
Red wine can contain 10 times more polyphenols than white wine. Grapes are rich in polyphenols, including a specific type called flavonoids that impart the wine’s unique color and flavor. Polyphenols are found in the skin of red and purple grapes.
Red wine-specific polyphenols include resveratrol, quercetin, and epicatechins.
Resveratrol is a compound that is associated with a beneficial effect on the heart and against aging.
There are several factors that intervene in the aging of the skin, one of them is due to the fact that the body gradually produces less collagen and the natural elastin decreases, the skin tends to become thinner.
Polyphenols have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. Antioxidants can help protect against accelerated aging from free radical damage.
The resveratrol in grapes may have a double effect to help fight premature skin aging: neutralizing free radicals and increasing antioxidant levels, so that the skin can defend itself and repair itself better.
A review published in Pharmacognosy Review indicates that the free radical molecules that resveratrol fights against create the effects of aging on the skin and can damage any cell in the body.
Topical application of resveratrol has shown improvement in the elasticity and appearance of skin with fine lines and wrinkles, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.
You don’t necessarily need to drink wine to reap the benefits of its polyphenols.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages, including wine, can cause negative health effects that would outweigh the supposed benefits. Among these negative effects, there is a increased risk of different types of cancer.
Harvard Health clarifies that the dose of resveratrol administered in the experiments is always much higher than what you would normally consume in a glass of wine.
Polyphenols like resveratrol that you find in a glass of wine, you can also consume through a glass of non-alcoholic wine or directly from grapes, blueberries, peanuts, pistachios and even in cocoa and dark chocolate.
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