• Tue, Aug 2 2011

You Need A Drink: To Keep From Getting Sunburned

So you already know that red wine is delicious, contains antioxidants, and gets you pleasantly plastered. But did you know that it could also help keep you from getting burned by the evil August sun? According to a new study on the matter, it just might.

Via CBS News:

Spanish scientists discovered that grapes contain compounds that block chemical changes in the body associated with causing skin damage. These compounds, known as flavonoids, are also found in red wine.

Is it time to ditch the bottle of sunscreen for a bottle of cabernet?

Not hardly. But the flavonoids help prevent the skin from forming “reactive oxygen species.” It’s these ROSs that react with UV rays to destroy cells and cause sunburn. The study was published in the May 11 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

There’s more scientific hocus pocus explaining it, but I think what’s really going on is this: Red wine turns people red. The sun sees that, thinks they’re already horribly sunburned, and saves its ultraviolet rays for the next person. Why waste time burning my rubicund ass when you could be burning the pale and sober broad next to me? It’s just common sense, really. One needn’t have “paid attention” in “science class” to understand that. Once more unto the beach, dear friends!

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