It seems like just about every other week, I hear news about another health benefit of wine. Today I read what I consider to be one of the best possible health benefits of wine consumption. In “Drink wine, don’t get sunburned,” Melissa Dahl says that “a compound found in grapes or grape derivatives may protect skin cells from skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation…”
Woo hoo! As somebody who got far too much sun exposure as a fair-skinned kid in Southern CA, I find this news very refreshing. Of course, I seriously doubt that a lot of wine consumption now will make up for years of sun exposure then. But you never know.
Without doing serious investigative work, you also don’t know how serious the research is. Was the research done on rats or on humans? How much wine do you need to consume to get the benefit? Can everybody benefit? Does the consumption of wine need to occur shortly before the consumption of sun? The questions are endless.
Over the past few years, I’ve heard of many other wonderful health benefits associated with wine consumption. Wine consumption can delay the onset of dementia. Wine consumption can protect your heart. Wine consumption can protect against strokes. And on and on. Each of these benefits results in more questions.
Wouldn’t it be great if a doctor could prescribe the exact dosage of wine we should consume at every moment of every day to get the utmost benefit out of our wine consumption? 🙂 But could that make wine consumption a bit stressful?
While I get a bit of a rush every time I hear about new health benefits of wine, I’m doing my best to stay level headed about all the news. I remind myself that my primary reason for drinking wine is enjoyment. If there are some health benefits that come along for the ride, that’s all the better. But the wine itself is reward enough.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.