Study: Drinking wine could help prevent skin cancer

Shades? Check. Sunblock? Check. Wine? Double-check.

Summer time happy hours just got a lot happier. A new study shows wine might just protect against skin cancer.

According to The Telegraph, The University of Barcelona and the Spanish National Research Council (where else would this study take place??) found that substances in grapes protect skin cells from damage.

Apparently, the flavonoids in the fruit can prevent a chemical reaction that causes cells to die. Before you go splashing your face with pinot grigio, consider this: Marta Cascante, the research project director, says the findings might be helpful in developing skin creams and other products.

“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 told the Telegraph.  

But still, drinking an extra glass might not hurt.


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