Grapes are nature's antioxidant. We all know that the benefits of drinking wine (specifically red wine) are rooted in science. The medicinal and cosmetic qualities of grape and wine have actually been known since ancient times as royals discovered that rubbing grape juice on their skin resulted in a fresher, more vibrant appearance.
Centuries later in 1970, researchers at the University of Bordeaux in France began studying grapes and their potential health benefits. The French population, known for their high-fat, bread-laden meals, had a much lower incidence of heart disease than other countries and many believe it was a direct cause-effect of the country’s love for red wine (the so-called “French Paradox”).
Scientists found that grapes contain a powerful plant compound, polyphenols, which serves as antioxidants that eliminate free radicals (damaged cells within the body) and increase cellular turnover. They also found that these polyphenols form a protective layer on the skin and stimulate the renewal of both cells and collagen, leading to a more refined, youthful appearance.
Many scientists believe that these polyphenols are up to 50 times stronger than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than vitamin C. Grapes also contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1, C, E and K, in addition to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
Thus, wine therapy and vinotherapy were born. French spas were among the first to introduce treatments with wine-based products. It wasn’t long before leading spas all over the world jumped on this anti-aging bandwagon.
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