The Science Behind the Red Wine Bath: My Latest Piece on The Alcohol Professor

If you’ve been paying attention to wine-related topics in the news the past week or so, you may recall reading several articles about New York Knicks basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire and how he likes to soak in red wine baths on his days off from the court.  Stoudemire told the NY Post that “the red wine bath is very important to me because it…creates more circulation in my red blood cells”.

Does this so-called “vinotherapy” technique of bathing in red wine really do anything?

To begin my research, I went to a couple of search engines designed to scour scientific peer-reviewed literature and typed in the word “vinotherapy” in the search box.  This is what I found:

OK, so there is no peer-reviewed scientific evidence that shows any benefits of vinotherapy, but that’s not to say that there couldn’t be.  Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that vinotherapy is a legitimate treatment for various health-related issues and not just a gimmick created by spas that just want to take people’s money.  What could actually be going on here?…..

To read the full article and to find out what the possible science is behind red wine bath therapy, check out my latest piece on The Alcohol Professor by clicking here!