If you're into anti-aging skin care, then perhaps you need to ask: Can drinking red wine really make you look younger? There are some ingredients in red wine which are derived from the red grape pip and skin that would suggest so. Let's take a closer look at the properties of red wine and whether its consumption will benefit skin care and your anti-aging regimen.
Many people only concentrate on the outside to look younger e.g.† Face creams, ointments, non-surgical facelift techniques etc, but the battle to look younger often is fought from within as well as without. In this case we look at the intake of red wine as a natural anti-aging remedy.
In the red wine fermentation process, resveratrol is produced, which has a high concentration of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals like pollution, sun damage to the skin, and damage to the skin and body caused from smoking etc.
Maybe that's why in scientific studies conducted between the Americans and the French have concluded that the French are generally far healthier than their American counterparts. While both consume high fat diets, scientists found that French people live longer , have less cancer-related illnesses, heart problems, have longer longevity, and look younger for their age. What is the common denominator that's consistently present in the French diet, but mostly absent in the American diet? You guessed it: Red wine!
Scientists have discovered that indeed the ingredient resveratrol has anti-aging properties, and can result in humans looking younger than their age with prolonged intake of red wine. Most of the oldest people on earth come from France!
Other than its anti-aging skin care properties, what are some other benefits of consuming red wine on a regular basis?
- It controls cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure
- It prevents† heart disease
- It prevents cancer
- It aids overall health and blood circulation
- It even fights obesity
- It promotes softer skin
- It prevents, inter alia, diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's.
So does white wine act as a similar anti-aging weapon? Studies prove not. Unfortunately the white grape does not consist of the same anti-aging properties as the red grape, so you will not gain any benefits from drinking white wine from an anti-aging point of view.
Remember, the deeper the RED of the wine, the better.† A chilled sweet or semi-sweet red wine is my preference; a dry red at room temperature could be yours. As long as it's a deep red, your anti-aging skin care program will be on track!
But beware: drink a maximum of ONE OR TWO WINE glasses of red wine per day. More than that will have the opposite effect on your anti-aging skin care efforts because excessive alcohol damages the skin and has malevolent effects on the liver over time.†
So bottoms up for drinking red wine as an anti-aging medicine! It's deliciously good and will keep you living longer and looking younger as well as handing you a long line of health benefits, provided it's consumed in moderate quantities.
By Wendy Wilken Practitioner
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