Aging — it’s one of the things that we only learn to dread when we start to see the first signs of it. Nothing gets us so concerned over aging more so than the first few wrinkles that appear on our skin. The mere fact that so many people are willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money in order to preserve what youth they have left is a clear statement of how afraid we are of aging.
The sad fact here is that it’s going to happen to everybody, regardless of who are you are. Nobody is exempt. It’s like an unwritten rule of the land — everything ages.
And yet, some things age more gracefully than others. See, the key to handling the onset of aging properly is not to avoid aging, but rather to accept the cold fact that it’s an inevitable process of nature, and to motivate oneself to focus instead towards aging gracefully.
With that in mind, we might as well think of something that only gets better as it ages — wine. Fine wines are special in the sense that they taste much better as they age. There must be something in them that could share that attribute with the human body.
Primarily, that “something” comes in the form of antioxidants such as polyphenols. These are a type of chemical that naturally occurs in plants, and they can also be called phytochemicals. One of the most prominent phytochemicals that is considered to have anti-aging properties is Resveratrol, which is found abundantly in the skin and extracts of red grapes.
Antioxidants: How Do They Help You Age Better?
Resveratrol, in particular, protects against sun damage to the skin, facilitates the production of collagen, and also reduces cell damage. Some studies even suggest that Resveratrol also helps prevent the development of tumours.
Antioxidants reduce — or in some cases even prevent — aging by limiting the production of free radicals, which are unstable atoms which can potentially damage skin cells by causing oxidative stress. They also help with skin-firming by rejuvenating the skin as well as improving its health.
But that isn’t all. They also help with increasing circulation cell metabolism, which, in turn, is what inhibits inflammation. These anti-inflammatories help even out skin tone, prevent acne, and most importantly — as far as aging goes — keep wrinkles at bay.
Which Wines have the Best Anti-Aging Properties?
Naturally, all wines have anti-aging properties, however, white wines do not contain as many antioxidants as red wines do. And with that in mind, not every red wine has the same amount of antioxidants. It’s more about the way that the grapes are grown that contributes greatly to the presence of antioxidants.
Typically, the best type of wine to go with is red wine. For this purpose, the best type of red wine could arguably be Australian shiraz.
Where Can I Find Shiraz?
Australia, of course! But if you truly want to take it to the next level, Swan Valley, a town near Perth, is chock-full of wineries, vineyards, and distilleries that all make some of the best wines in Australia. Not only that, but Swan Valley is also one of the sunniest places in the country. It’s in fact one of the best places to live in if you want to age well. This also makes for a nice business opportunity if you intend to try your luck in the wine industry. Of course, if you plan on going down this path, you need to buy land in Swan Valley first.
How Potent is Wine as an Anti-Aging Solution?
Well, for starters, wine is not a pill-for-every-ill solution. Like most health solutions, it needs to be paired with a healthy lifestyle. This includes sufficient exercise, sufficient rest, and a healthy diet. It’s more about adding wine to a healthy lifestyle rather than simply drinking wine by itself that makes it a potent anti-aging solution.
Stress is also one thing that wine has been proven to lessen. About 80% of all wine drinkers experience less stress, and are overall more healthy than those people who don’t drink wine. Less stress means that your body is more capable of self-healing and the importance of a healthy psychological state cannot be understated.
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