It’s the bane of adolescence and often follows many sufferers into adulthood.
But a new study has suggested that red wine could help combat acne.
The antioxidant resveratrol – found in berries, red and chocolate – was revealed to inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes the painful skin condition.
However it was the combination of both the resveratrol and benzoyl peroxide (found in creams and gels) that was found to have the best effect.
Aside from its spot-fighting abilities, red wine has an abundance of other health benefits…
Resveratrol is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which can help reduce the saturated fat accumulated in the arteries.
The flavonoids and saponins in red wine can also help protect you against cardiovascular diseases.
Red wine hardens the enamel in your teeth, helping to prevent tooth decay and the growth of bacteria.
Polyphenols, something which is found in red wine, can reduce gum inflammation and prevent gum diseases.
Good Night’s Sleep
The melatonin in red wine can help you hit the hay after a stressful day in the office (although you should consult a doctor if you have trouble sleeping regularly).
A US study found that participants who drank red wine had 40 per cent less colds than those who didn’t.
Red wine can slow aging and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as its antioxidants can help sop up the free radicals that damage skin. They say, ‘A glass a day and your skin will glow.’
An Australian study attributed strong bone health to red wine and women who drank a moderate amount (one or two glasses a day) were less likely to develop osteoporosis.
Lowers Cancer Risk
The antioxidant resveratrol has been found to prevent the growth of cancerous cells, while studies have also found a reduced risk of breast and lung cancer.
Scientists have found red wine drinkers live longer – while it can also protect you from dementia and Alzheimer’s.
A WORD OF WARNING: Red wine should be enjoyed in moderation (150 ml glass is the ideal serving).