Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

Dr. Oz Spoke of the Benefits of Red Wine Near Jupiter Florida

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

JUPITER, FL – June 29, 2017 – On a recent visit to the Palm Beaches, Dr. Oz stated that drinking red wine every day has “terrific health benefits for your heart and skin.” Of course, this was qualified with the caveat of “health and temperament permitting.

” However, the benefits he enumerated are enough to have us reaching for our bottle opener and wine glass.Antioxidants in red wine act as anti-inflammatory agents protecting cells and helping with the anti-aging process. These antioxidants are found in grape skin and seeds. Red wine is fermented with the skin and seeds longer than white.

Simply put, this means that the redder the wine, the more seeds and skin it contains, and the better it is for you.According to the Mayo Clinic, antioxidants contain polyphenols known as flavonoids, including one called “resveratrol,” which is thought to have benefits for the heart.

There is some information to support the claim that resveratrol may help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, may help prevent damage to blood vessels, and may even reduce the risk of blood clots. It must be noted that researchers point out there is no proof that red wine helps reduce the risk of heart disease itself.

Red wine is also thought to be good for your skin. Polyphenols in the wine can strengthen the cross-linking of collagen, easing fine lines and wrinkles.

If you cannot drink, don’t worry! There are still ways for you to get the benefits of resveratrol—in a lesser dose. Red and purple grapes, of course, contain polyphenols. Peanuts, blueberries, pomegranates, and cranberries also are good sources for the heart-healthy flavonoids. Even dark chocolate has been found to contain resveratrol.

However, it is important to remember, that red wine, all good things,  is best in moderation. The Mayo Clinic recommends up to one drink per day for women of all ages.

They recommend one drink per day for men older than 65 and up to two drinks a day for men 65 and younger because they tend to weigh more and typically are able to metabolize alcohol faster (

So grab that glass of malbec or pinot, and perhaps a bite or three of dark chocolate. The benefits may be more than just pure enjoyment.

NOTE: Neither the Mayo Clinic nor Dr. Oz recommends that anyone start drinking simply to prevent heart disease. Alcohol can be addicting and can aggravate, or even cause, other health conditions.

JUPITER, FL – June 20, 2017 – It’s always sports season in Jupiter. With warm weather all year long, there’s no shortage of pick-up games even when the leagues end. But there is one, very serious, way to end your fun—an injury. That’s where Dr. Wade Van Sice comes in.

The phrase “it’s who you know” rings true for Van Sice, who started his practice in New Orleans at Tulane University and credits his landing in Jupiter to someone he never met. That stranger? Dr Frank Cook. A local, well-known orthopedic surgeon who also specialized in sports medicine and unfortunately died suddenly in 2014.

“I got a phone call seeing if I was interested in coming in and continuing his practice,” says Van Sice. “In medicine, certain centers have different philosophies and techniques and I trained where he did, only 25 years later.”

Cook’s family wanted to find someone who would take a similar approach to the world of sports medicine.

“It was clear to me that he had a big impact in the community and there was a need, so I took that opportunity” says Van Sice.

Since then, Van Sice has created a name of his own.

He specializes in ACL tears of the knee (common among soccer, basketball, and football players), injuries to the rotator cuff of the shoulder (golfers), elbow injuries (baseball players), and labral tears in the shoulder (wrestlers)—all things he finds are common grievances here in Jupiter.

In addition to treating locals, Van Sice is also a team physician for the Marlins, acting as the local Jupiter doctor for the athletes during spring training and overseeing the minor league system. But it’s in his approach to medicine and his relationship with his patients where Van Sice really shines.

Unhappy with the current state of medical care—quick visits, long waits, and minimal or no time with the actual doctor—Van Sice aims to change that within his own practice. “These days, a doctor’s office is more a DMV,” he says.

“We are in a situation that many doctor’s offices need to bring in as many patients as possible to make up for the ever increasing regulatory burdens placed on physicians and oftentimes, you lose that personal connection.” To combat this, Van Sice strives to get to know all of his patients.

“I’m trying to create an environment where people can spend time with me, one-on-one, and be confident in their care,” he says. “My goal is to provide care for the community and keep it accessible.”

And to Dr. Van Sice, accessibility is key, especially for his younger patients.

His hours increase in the fall, keeping the office open on Saturdays for possible injuries occurring during Friday night high school football games. This prevents unnecessary emergency room visits that often don’t give answers to parents and coaches. “I’m open so any of these high school kids can walk into the office and see me, [get an] x-ray, and get a more accurate diagnosis,” says Van Sice. “I can communicate with their team and give accurate information back to the people who will be caring for them, increasing the continuity of their care.”

Why go to this length? To Van Sice, his fulfillment comes from helping kids achieve at their highest potential, and he aims to grow the amount of high school clientele that visit his practice.

From his experience in New Orleans, he has worked with a range of kids whose athletic ability is their only chance at college, many attaining scholarships solely their skills on the field—something they would quickly lose if they were injured and not cared for properly.

“The people that are playing sports for the love of the sport are the high school kids,” he says. “The best satisfaction I get is when I tell a patient they are cleared to go back to their sport; it’s pure with them.”Outside of helping athletes, Van Sice is an athlete himself.

Staying true to his new Jupiter roots, he can often be found playing beach volleyball, swimming with the Palm Beach Masters, although he admits he is more of a Loggerhead than a Wahoo, or competing in local triathlons. But he’s not all about staying fit. “I didn’t realize until I moved here, but I’m a bit of a foodie,” he says.

You can find him at local spots , Culinary Café, U-Tiki, and The Woods, where he created a local Clemson club (his alma mater) that meets there every Saturday. Conventional means may not have brought Van Sice to Jupiter, but in just a few short years, Jupiter has become his home.  

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Cheers to a

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

Is having a glass or two of red wine with your dinner a secret elixir in fighting the effects of aging? Can a beverage ward off heart disease? Or are these assumptions just a bunch of hooey? 

Plenty of medical researchers say it’s true: drinking red wine (in moderation) does offer health benefits – especially for your heart. 

Drinking a glass at night isn’t harmful – and it may help 

In fact, some studies suggest a glass or two of red wine each day prevents blood vessel damage and reduces damaging low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Lower LDL levels help reduce the risk of blood clots. 

Red wine can add a rosy glow to your face and reduce the chance you’ll get a precancerous skin lesion called actinic keratosis. And older folks will be pleased to learn that moderate wine consumption may lower their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. 

  • Raising a glass of wine to your health can offer these benefits:
  • A drink at dinner can help dissolve a stressful day.
  • Its antioxidants may protect your heart.
  • A daily toast can help keep the common cold at bay.
  • Red wine may inhibit cancer-feeding proteins. 

Its heart-healthy properties most ly come from antioxidant ingredients that contain resveratrol. University of Virginia researchers also say resveratrol consumed from drinking one to four glasses of red wine a week may help starve nascent cancer cells. Other medical studies show resveratrol may reduce inflammation. 

Not everyone agrees 

But not everyone agrees about the benefits of drinking red wine. 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers take a contrarian view of resveratrol. Their study downplays its effectiveness controlling heart disease and fighting the aging process. The researchers’ advice to people wanting to stay healthy: eat plenty of fruit, vegetables and whole grains.So, the research continues. 

Raise a glass – in moderation only

If you’re one of red-wine’s advocates, here’s a cautionary note: if you’re a teetotaler, by all means don’t start just to get a leg up on heart disease or other chronic ailments. There are other, more effective things you can do to stay healthy. 

As the Johns Hopkins researchers suggest, you’re better off to start and maintain a nutritious diet by eating healthy foods. Fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates also offer beneficial polyphenols and antioxidants.

Although the majority of studies indicate that drinking red wine offers some health benefits, they all confirm it’s realized only through moderate drinking habits – up to one glass of wine a day for a woman, two for a man.


If you have a history of heart problems, stay clear of any alcohol consumption. We are sadly aware that excessive drinking contributes to high blood pressure, liver damage, some cancers, obesity, high triglycerides and behavioral issues. 

If you’re already drinking a glass with dinner each night, continue to enjoy what our local wineries have to offer. It might just provide a minor boost to your health. 

…and speaking of boosting your health

We recently interviewed Paul (87) and Nancy (80) Wegeman who have been married for 60 years and are, in our opinion, the poster children for aging well. We got them to sit down with us and share their secrets!



Cheers! Red wine can offset effects of high-fat diet

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin
By: IANS | New York | Published: May 16, 2016 11:46:20 am Resveratrol — a compound found in berries and grape skin — has been shown to increase the life span of mice and slow the onset of diabetes.

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Giving red wine lovers a new reason to celebrate, researchers have found that a compound in this drink could help counteract the negative impact of high-fat/high-sugar diets.

The findings — published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology — point to the health benefit of resveratrol, which occurs naturally in blueberries, raspberries, mulberries, grape skins and consequently in red wine.

In previous animal studies, resveratrol has already shown to increase the life span of mice and slow the onset of diabetes. In one study, it mirrored the positive effects of aerobic exercise in mice, which were fed a high-fat/high-sugar diet.

For the current study, JP Hyatt, associate professor at Georgetown University and his team of researchers fed a control group of rhesus monkeys a healthy diet and another group a high-fat/high-sugar diet, half of which also received a resveratrol supplement and half of which did not.

The researchers wanted to know how different parts of the body responded to the benefits of resveratrol — specifically the muscles in the back of the leg.

Three types of muscles were examined — a “slow” muscle, a “fast” muscle and a “mixed” muscle. The study showed that each muscle responded differently to the diet and to the addition of resveratrol. The soleus muscle — a large muscle spanning from the knee to the heel  — is considered a “slow” muscle used extensively in standing and walking.

Of the three lower hind leg muscles analysed for this study, the soleus was the most affected by the high fat/high sugar diet and also most effected by the resveratrol supplements.

This may be partially due to the fact that, on a daily basis, it is used much more than the other two muscles.

 The plantaris muscle — a 5-10cm long muscle along the back of the calf — did not have a negative response to the high fat/high sugar diet, but it did have a positive response to the addition of resveratrol. The third muscle was not affected by the diet or addition of resveratrol.

While these results are encouraging and there might be a temptation to continue eating a high-fat/high-sugar diet and simply add a glass of red wine or a cup of fruit to one’s daily consumption, the researchers stressed the importance of a healthy diet cannot be overemphasised.

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Red wine: Benefits and risks

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

Red wine contains powerful antioxidants, and many sources claim that drinking it has health benefits. What does the research say?

Researchers have studied wine — especially red wine — extensively for its possible health benefits.

This article looks at the evidence behind the benefits of red wine, along with health warnings, and discusses whether people should drink it.

Share on PinterestModerate consumption of red wine may have benefits for cardiovascular health.

Red wine has been part of social, religious, and cultural events for hundreds of years. Medieval monasteries believed that their monks lived longer partly because of their regular, moderate drinking of wine.

In recent years, science has indicated that there could be truth in these claims.

According to a 2018 study, although notably there are no official recommendations around these benefits, drinking red wine in moderation has positive links with:

Red wine may get its health benefits from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-regulating effects.

Red wine — made from crushed dark grapes — is a relatively rich source of resveratrol, a natural antioxidant in the skin of grapes.

Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress has clear links with many diseases, including cancers and heart disease.

There are many healthful, antioxidant-rich foods, including fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Whole grapes and berries are better sources of resveratrol than red wine, and because of the health risks linked with drinking alcohol, getting antioxidants from foods is ly to be more healthful than drinking wine.

People may need to drink a lot of red wine to get enough resveratrol to have an effect, which could do more harm than good.

That said, when choosing between alcoholic beverages, red wine may be more healthful than some others.

The following sections take a closer look at the possible health benefits of red wine.

Many studies through the years have shown a positive link between moderate red wine drinking and good heart health.

Recently, a 2019 review reported that drinking red wine is linked with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, which is a leading cause of disease and death in the United States.

The authors concluded that red wine might have cardioprotective effects.

However, the American Heart Association (AHA) say that such studies do not show cause-and-effect relationships. Other factors may play a role. For example, people who drink red wine in moderation may also follow a more healthful lifestyle or a Mediterranean diet.

They also point out that excess alcohol can directly harm the heart. To stay safe, people should stay within official CDC guidelines from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), which define moderate drinking as:

  • 1 glass of wine per day for females
  • 2 glasses of wine for males

One glass of wine is 5 ounces (oz) of 12% alcohol by volume.

A 2018 study reports that polyphenols from red wine and grapes can improve the gut microbiota, contributing to a healthy gut.

According to 2012 research, red wine compounds may also act as prebiotics, which are compounds that boost healthy gut bacteria.

In 2016, researchers suggested red wine could reduce the risk of heart disease through its effects on the gut microbiome.

However, the research is limited, and doctors need more evidence before understanding the true effects of red wine on gut health.

One 2015 study has shown that drinking a glass of red wine with dinner “modestly decreases cardiometabolic risk” in people with type 2 diabetes and that a moderate intake of red wine is usually safe.

The scientists believe that the ethanol in wine plays a crucial role in metabolizing glucose and that the nonalcoholic ingredients may also contribute. They call for more research to confirm the findings.

Anyone with diabetes should check with their doctor before drinking alcohol.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), resveratrol — an antioxidant in red wine — may reduce blood pressure and increase levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

In 2006, scientists reported that red wine compounds called procyanidins help keep the blood vessels healthy.

Many people find an alcoholic drink relaxes them, but results published in 2012 indicate that nonalcoholic red wine, too, can reduce blood pressure. This could be a more healthful option.

It is important, however, to note that drinking too much alcohol can cause high blood pressure and arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rhythm.

A 2015 review reports that resveratrol may help protect against secondary brain damage after a stroke or central nervous system injury. This is due to its positive effects on inflammation, oxidative stress, and cell death.

However, these studies show the effects of resveratrol rather than red wine itself.

Some research says that drinking red wine in moderation could reduce the risk of certain cancers.

However, the National Cancer Institute say there is strong evidence that drinking alcohol can cause certain cancers, especially drinking heavily over time.

This is partly because it creates toxins in the body, damages body tissues, and creates oxidation. This means that the potential adverse effects of alcohol may outweigh any benefit from resveratrol.

The National Cancer Institute links alcohol use with a range of cancers, including mouth, throat, liver, breast, and colon cancer.

For most people, enjoying red wine in moderation is safe, but it is important to keep in mind that drinking alcohol in excess is harmful.

Some studies, however, link moderate red wine intake with reduced risk or better outcomes in cancer. The following sections look at specific studies into red wine and particular types of cancer.

Breast cancer

Alcohol increases estrogen in the body, a chemical that encourages the growth of cancer cells.

However, a 2012 study says that the aromatase inhibitors (AIs) in red wine — and to a lesser extent, white wine — may reduce estrogen levels and increase testosterone in females approaching menopause.

The researchers say that this may be why red wine is less associated with increased breast cancer risk than other types of alcohol.

Lung cancer

A 2017 review reports that resveratrol has protective effects against cancer in both human and laboratory studies. The mechanisms include preventing cell proliferation and tumor growth, inducing cell death in cancer cells, and inhibiting metastasis.

However, again, these effects are for resveratrol rather than red wine itself.

Prostate cancer

A study from 2019 reports that males who drank alcohol had a slightly lower risk of lethal prostate cancer, and that red wine had links with a lower risk of progression to lethal disease.

The authors say that these results mean moderate alcohol consumption is safe for people with prostate cancer.

According to a 2018 report, researchers have found an increased risk of dementia in people who abstained from drinking wine.

The authors say that this may be because of the neuroprotective effects of polyphenols and other compounds in wine that can reduce inflammation and alter the lipid profile in the body.

A 2013 study on 5,505 people over 7 years showed that those who drank between 2–7 glasses of wine each week had lower levels of depression.

They also reported that people who drank heavily were more at risk for depression.

Alcohol is a common cause of liver disease. However, a moderate intake of red wine has links with good liver health in some contexts.

According to a 2018 study, modest alcohol intake — particularly wine — is linked with lower liver fibrosis in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

That said, the impact of red wine on liver health is complicated. Although it provides antioxidants and reduces oxidative stress, drinking can also increase uric acid and triglycerides, which damages the liver.

Researchers need to complete more studies to work out the complex effects of moderate red wine intake on liver health.

That said, people who currently have liver disease should avoid alcohol altogether.

Drinking red wine in moderation may reduce the risk of some chronic disease, as discussed above, so it follows that it may help people to live longer.

Indeed, one popularized 2000 study reported that “Men aged 45–64 at entry drinking about 5 drinks per day have a longer life expectancy than occasional and heavy drinkers.”

However, this is ly due to confounding factors, such as diet, as discussed in a 2018 review. For instance, red wine is a common addition to the Mediterranean diet, an eating pattern that has established links with good health and long life.

Resveratrol appears to underlie many of the health benefits of red wine.

Red wine contains more resveratrol than white wine as it is fermented with the skins, while white wine is not. Most of the resveratrol in grapes is in the seeds and skin.

Nonalcoholic red wines may also include resveratrol.

For most people, enjoying a glass or two of red wine each day can be part of a healthful diet.

The key is moderation. Regardless of the possible health benefits, drinking excess alcohol can do more harm than good.

Despite any possible benefits, official U.S. guidelines do not recommend that people start drinking or drink more for any reason.

Is moderate drinking good for you? Read more here.

Ultimately, many of the benefits linked to red wine are due to the beneficial properties of resveratrol. Eating grapes and berries may, therefore, be a more healthful option.

Drinking red wine in moderation may have certain health benefits, including boosting heart, gut, and brain health. This is because it contains compounds with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid-improving effects.

Drinking alcohol is not safe for everyone, and drinking more than a moderate amount can cause serious health problems.


10 Health Benefits of Wine, According to Science

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

Wine has undergone intensive studies over the years and it has been proven to be an effective elixir.

Who says a man needs a fountain of youth to live a long life? Pour yourself a glass of wine and bottle up some  surprising benefits.

We gathered some interesting facts and curiosities about how wine can impact your health. Take it lightly, get to know your beverage of choice and drink with moderation. 

The wine has undergone numerous studies that have found various connections between improving the quality of life and its consumption. In ancient times, due to the scarcity of water, the wine has become an essential need in life rather than a luxury, so it came to symbolize sustenance and life.

Even in the earliest of times, wine has proven its worth when it comes to sustaining life. Up to now, there are still on-going researches on why wine is considered as one of the most powerful elixirs known to man.

However, the first thing to realize is that the quantity matters and most of the studies show the results in glasses per day or week. Anyhow, saving it all during a week to binge over the weekend has been shown to be associated with zero health benefits.

So our advice is that you savor every sip, feel every texture and scent of your wine. Drink it, slowly as it was grown in the vineyards and produced, with love and care.

Let's start…

1. Drinking Wine Supports Longevity of Life

Resveratrol is a polyphenol that can be found most especially in red wines. It is a powerful antioxidant that can be found in grape skin and red grape juice. Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals that can damage our cells and organs.

Studies show that resveratrol promotes health and longevity by increasing the activity of a protein called sirtuins. Sirtuins are responsible for protecting the body against diseases of aging. (1)

Several studies have suggested that alcohol consumption, particularly wines, have shown health benefits that lead to longer life spans. Nonetheless, these studies emphasize that positive benefits only come with moderate consumption.

Key Takeaway: If you want to protect your body against diseases of aging, consuming a moderate amount of wine gives positive health benefits that may lead to long life.

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2. Drinking Wine Helps Keep Our Hearts Healthy

Since ancient times, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have become a known, life-threatening problem for the world.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), up to the present time, many people are still dying annually from CVD than from any other diseases and it has been the number 1 cause of mortality and morbidity all around the globe. (2)

Many researchers have shown that the intake of polyphenols is associated with a reduced risk of CVD. Wines contain polyphenols which can be actively found in flavonoids that also have putative antioxidant properties.

These polyphenols once again are called resveratrol which may help protect the lining of the blood vessel in the heart. Consuming 1 to 2 drinks per day (4 to 8 ounces) may reduce the risk of CVDs.

Drinking wine may help in decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) also known as bad cholesterol which may cause artery damage while increasing the body’s high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which also known as good cholesterol which may reduce the risk for heart disease. Moreover, wine prevents the formation of blood clots. (3)

Key Takeaway: Drinking 4 to 8 ounces of wine per day may lower the risk of having CVD because of the polyphenols that it contains.

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3. The Nutrients In Wine Can Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

People growing always have the fear of losing all their precious memories. Some believe it is inevitable, however, there are hundreds of ways that one can prevent it. One of these methods is by drinking wine.

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental process that is gradually taking place during old age. Studies show that wine consumption can reduce the risk of having dementia which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is a developing mental deterioration that can occur as one aged. Again, resveratrol found in wines helps in keeping blood vessels open, so that the essential supply of oxygen and glucose can move freely to the brain to keep it alive and working. (6)

Key Takeaway: Resveratrol which can be found on wine keeps the blood vessels free from blockages that can affect brain functions in retaining memories.

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4. Drinking Wine Can Keep Depression At Bay

Depression has been a common but serious disorder for some people because it can affect how you feel, think and handle everyday activities. This may sound contradictory, as most people know that alcohol consumption can worsen one's depression or anxiety. In spite of that, drinking a glass of wine per week can turn into a depression-fighting depressant.

A seven-year study conducted by PREDIMED analyzed 5,500 individuals of light to moderate drinkers and found that individuals who drank two to seven glasses of wine in a week were less prone to depression than non-drinkers.

Again, this is about drinking in moderation because on the same study those who drank heavy alcoholic beverages were more prone to depression. (7)

Key Takeaway: Enjoying two to seven glasses of wine in a week maybe your remedy for depression.

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5. Drinking Wine Can Give You Healthier Skin

High levels of antioxidants in wine, when applied directly to the skin can inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria and are beneficial in maintaining healthy skin. Antioxidants rejuvenate the skin, increase skin elasticity and keep the skin bright and glowing.

In consuming wine as a drink, wine can stimulate blood circulation that can prevent wrinkle formation and skin aging. However, when one drinks in excess, it makes hormone flow lose its balance and may cause skin dehydration and aggravate the chances of acne. (8)

Key Takeaway: Wine contains antioxidants and polyphenols that are essential to keep the skin healthy.

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6. Drinking Wine Can Help Prevent Obesity

There is a difference between overweight and obesity. Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat and water. Obesity, on the other hand, refers to excessive amounts of body fat.

Global Health Observatory (GHO) data, at least 2.8 million people in the world die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. (11)

Wine, specifically white wine, contains the antioxidant called epicatechin, quercetin, and resveratrol. These antioxidants can lower levels of cholesterol and may also support weight loss by burning belly fats and by decreasing inflammation commonly associated with obesity. (12)

Key Takeaway: White wine promotes weight loss by burning belly fat and by decreasing anti-inflammatory properties.

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7. Drinking Wine Helps Boost Your Body’s Defenses

Daily consumption of wine can boost the immune system according to researchers. Ethanol, the chemical component of alcoholic beverages and wine as well helps boost the potency of vaccinations. (14)

Drinking wine in moderation can help develop immunity that can fight against 200 viruses. Wine contains high levels of antioxidants in the form of flavonoids which can combat strongly against viruses. (15)

As proof, red wine can help cure the symptoms of flu and cold. The polyphenol resveratrol can prevent viruses from multiplying once they have entered the body’s system.

Key Takeaway: Daily consumption of wine helps boost the immune system as it contains a high level of antioxidants which fight against viruses.

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8. Drinking Wine Strengthens The Bones

Past researchers have associated moderate wine drinking with improved bone density. As human age, bones are becoming thinner and weaker. New studies show that drinking wine in moderation may help reduce the risk of having osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is most common to women after they have reached the menopausal stage. Osteoporosis makes the bone brittle and more fragile with increased susceptibility to bone fracture. (16)

One or two glasses of wine per day can protect women from thinning bones. It appears that modest consumption of wine bridges the imbalance between the dissolving old bone and the poor production of new bone that can lead to osteoporosis in older women. (17)

Key Takeaway: Osteoporosis can be lessened through modest consumption of wine in older women.

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9. Wine Can Protect Our Teeth Against Dental Plaque

Wine may help prevent dental caries by inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm according to researches done by American Chemical Society. Wine can slow down the growth of bacteria that can cause cavities. (18)

Polyphenols, wine, and grape seed extract can slow down the growth of bacteria responsible for the formation of plaque and tooth decay. Though red wine can help reduce these bacteria optimal oral health still results from daily dental hygiene.

Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist are still the best recommendations, but including wine into your diet can increase your defenses against dozens of possible teeth and gum diseases.

Key Takeaway: Wine can inhibit the growth of bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Nonetheless, daily dental hygiene routine is still the best way to protect our teeth from decaying.

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10. Drinking Wine Can Improve Our Eyesights

Ophthalmologist, Milind Pande, from Vision Surgery, says that the resveratrol which can be found in wine may be beneficial to the eyes. Resveratrol prevents age-related deterioration of eye muscles. One of these age-related deteriorations of eye muscles is called Macular Degeneration.

Macular Degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss and is considered an incurable eye disease. This is the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, which is called the macula, which records the images we see.

The macula is the one responsible for your ability to read, recognize, and see objects in fine detail. Resveratrol which can be found in wine and grapes prevent the growth of blood vessel in the eyes that can lead to macular degeneration. (19)

Key Takeaway: Wine can prevent age-related deterioration of eye muscles. So, say goodbye to carrots and drink up your wine for better eye health.

One of the most impressive train tours in Europe. A sightseeing tour in the Douro Valley historical train. 

Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and most of its vineyards are dated back to centuries ago, some have survived and developed since before the Roman times. Douro Valley located in the North of Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, particularly famous for Port wine, as well as several other world-famous reds.

It is no surprise then, that in Portugal winemaking, vineyards and wineries are an underlying part of the country's strong culture and identity. See it for yourself, and enjoy a trendy country full of traditions and flavors.

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Cheers! A Red Wine Anti-aging Facial (And some inexpensive ones to sip) | |

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

When I first saw this Anti-Aging Merlot Facial, I thought, “what a waste of wine!” But then I thought, “hmmm, anti-aging?” And then I read the recipe only calls for 3 tablespoons of Merlot or other red wine and thought, “What a great way to use some leftover wine!” And then I thought, “This would be great to try while soaking in the tub…an anti-aging facial WHILE enjoying a glass!”

Grapes, especially their skins, are rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant known to be one of nature’s top age-fighters.

It works by repelling free radicals, molecules that damage your skin, says Lisa Vela, lead aesthetician at New York’s chic AmorePacific Spa.

I whipped up this super easy facial, soaked in the tub, enjoyed a glass of wine (with some scented candles) and it was a glorious evening! My face felt moist and looked dewy….loved it!

“A facial penetrates your skin to directly deliver key antioxidants,” Vela says. Once absorbed, these natural anti-agers go to work repairing damage and protecting your skin against pollution and the sun’s rays, leaving it smoother and with fewer fine lines. Any red wine will do, and making your own spa-inspired masque is easy. (And inexpensive)

This facial recipe includes honey, which is a gentle, effective, all-natual skin cleanser (especially good for sensitive skin). Its mild acids gently exfoliate, while its humectant properties hold water to your skin, keeping it moist.

It’s also naturally antibacterial and aids in the wound-healing process. The third ingredient is plain Greek yogurt, which contains lactose, vitamin B, calcium and potassium, all of which contain healing properties for healthier skin.

Greek yogurt soothes sunburned skin and is a great moisturizing mask ingredient.

What You Need:

  • Damp washcloth
  • 3 tablespoons Merlot or other red wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Start by Combining wine, honey and yogurt in a small bowl. Mix well, then set aside.

Heat a damp washcloth in the microwave until it’s comfortably warm. Lay back and drape the cloth across your face for five minutes to open up your pores, then set aside. Smooth a thin layer of the masque over your skin using slow, circular motions.

Relax for 15 minutes while the masque penetrates your skin, then rinse and pat dry. Your skin will feel fabulous!

Because of red wine’s extra-long aging period, it’s loaded with more rejuvenating resveratrol than white wine.

Here’s a few inexpensive reds (I got my pricing from )

All prices are for 750 ml bottles…

Apothic Red $9.69 – This is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Merlot with sweet flavors of ripe raspberry, chocolate, maraschino cherry and boysenberry syrup, with a dry finish. (This is one of our personal favorites!)

Barefoot Merlot $6.99 – Aromas of homemade blueberry pie leads to a dry but berry-rich attack of cherries, blueberries, raspberries and dark chocolate.

Big House Red $9.69 – Made from a mix of 10 red grape varieties, with a subtle berry aroma with chocolate, smoke, and earthy undertones.

ChocolatRouge Dark Red $9.69 – Full bodied blend of premium red wine and dark chocolate flavors, reminiscent of black cherries with hints of dark chocolate.

McManis Petite Sirah $9.99 (another personal favorite) – Abundance of ripe black fruits blackberry and boysenberry with rich creamy caramel and maple syrup scents…savory and luscious.

2010 Ravenswood Vinters Blend Petite Sirah $6.99 – Robust aroma of jammy dark fruit, spice and vanilla, which continues when tasting, along with lots of spice and oaky notes.

You know, a couple of months ago, the news had lots of stories on the health benefits of drinking red wine which include slowing aging, cutting your cancer risk and keeping your joints healthy.

During the last two weeks I’ve seen and read articles saying new studies show red wine is actually not healthy for you. Studies (on almost everything) can vary depending on who’s doing the study and who’s in the study group.

You should always discuss new changes to your diet (especially if you have any health problems) with your doctor if you’re unsure.

**If you have sensitive skin, you should test the red wine masque on your inner arm before using it on your face. A simple mask of honey and yogurt can also be used, and is good for sensitive skin.


Is Wine Good or Bad For Your Skin?

Cheers! How Red Wine Benefits The Skin

Will a glass a day keep the dermatologist away? We all know that answer is no. But it could help prevent some free radical damage on your skin, when taken in moderation.

With this being the season to say “cheers,” and with the benefits of wine – from lowering the risk of heart disease to losing weight – getting so much press these days, we’re going to dispel the myths and look at the pros and cons of wine for your skin.

And if you’re thinking this is going to support your rose’ obsession, sorry! The most beneficial wine for skin is red wines. So, put down your chardonnay and pick up your cabernet to experience these skin benefits.

Skin Benefits of Drinking Wine

  • Preliminary research the University of Barcelona found that proanthocyanidins, antioxidants found in red grapes, may help prevent oxidative reactions in the skin. Oxidative reactions often stem from sun exposure and can result in damage to cells, which can lead to sunburns, wrinkles and even skin cancer.
  • Red wines, particularly organic red wines, are packed with antioxidants flavonoid, resveratrol and tannin. They help fight free radical damage and aging by restoring collagen and elastin fibers, plumping up wrinkles and tightening sagging skin.
  • In addition to fighting free radicals, resveratrol boosts the effects of naturally occurring antioxidants, resulting in a calmer, less stressed complexion.
  • Resveratrol even keeps mitochondria (a cell’s energy powerhouse) functioning normally, which, in turn, helps to slow the aging process.
  • Red wine is rich in amino acids that improve skin renewal and fight sun damage. The antioxidnats in red wine create a protective barrier against sun damage to prevent skin cancer. (However, red wine should not be considered as a substitute for wearing sunscreen daily!)
  • Drinking red wine stimulates the development of new cells in the skin’s outer layers.
  • Drinking wine also improves skin hydration to make it look younger, supple and glowing.

Disadvantages for Skin of Drinking Wine

  • Alcohol is a hepatotoxin, meaning specifically that it damages the liver. The liver detoxifies your body. So, therefore, wine can be a toxin to the cells that are there to help detoxify your body.
  • All alcohol dehydrates the skin, resulting in more sallow and uneven skin tone and texture.

So, as with most things in life, moderation is the key. Before you drink a whole bottle of wine at your holiday party, remember that the recommended cap on alcoholic beverages is one a day for women and two a day for men. This will help keep skin benefiting from wine, and not suffering!

Contributed By: Lori Jacobus , Chief Marketing Officer for Stemology Skincare

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit

Sources: StyleCraze, Birchbox, Huffington Post, Eating Well