Amar’e Stoudemire Bathes In Red Wine To Help His Red Blood Cells Circulate

10.16.14 3 years ago 2 Comments

It’s recently come to light Knicks power forward Amar’e Stoudemire bathes in red wine. He posted a pic of said practice on his Instagram page, and if you’re wondering why, we’ve attempted to get to the bottom of his answer.

Here’s the pic Amar’e uploaded, and if you’re a sommelier, avert your eyes:

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Recovery Day! Red Wine Bath !! #Kinging #Blessed #Hebrews Getting ready for the eighth day feast.

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So how can bathing in red wine actually help you recover, as Amar’e is claiming in the caption? He told Jonah Ballow of NYKnicks.com that it helps with circulation, and it was actually his wife who turned him on to the procedure:

But is this accurate, or some holistic remedy with little in the way of science to back it up?

According to a Daily Mail piece entitled: “Can bathing in red wine make you younger and cure cellulite?” “vinotherapy” as they describe it, might actually be helpful in boosting your circulation, hence the red blood cells Amar’e mentioned. Only the former question in the headline applies to Amar’e and we’re pretty sure he’s not looking for the elixir of youth, just something that’ll help his perpetually fragile knees from disintegrating every time he’s pounding up and down the hardwood.

Here’s the relevant portion from the piece, but the syntax is confusing: does wine actually help circulate your red blood cells more and boost circulation, or is heat and pulsating water doing that?

…according to practitioners of vinotherapy, wine when applied externally, can help shift cellulite, tone our body and reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

A typical vinotherapy programme involves a hot red wine bath fitted with strategically placed jets designed to boost circulation. This is because heat and pulsating water hitting our body have strong cardiovascular effects. According to experts when we sweat the heart pushes the blood to the surface, opening up the skin vessels which promotes blood circulation.

On a personal level we think this is hooey, and that Stoudemire would feel the same benefits if he took a bath with plain ol’ water. Then again, even a damaged Amar’e could run circles around us, so maybe he’s actually on to something — though we doubt it.

Personally, we think Stoudemire should just spend more time with Kobe Bryant‘s German doctor.

Does a red win bath really help boost circulation?

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