Attention red wine lovers: Researches have found that red wine can protect your oral health.
Red wine is known for its health benefits including: keeping the brain young, keeping our hormone health in check, and preventing heart disease. Now, reasearchers from Spain have found another benefit tied to drinking red wine.
The research was led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues from Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación in Madrid, and the Department of Health and Genomics at the Center for Advanced Research in Public Health in Valencia.
The health beenfits from red wine come from polyphenols, which are a series of micronutrients with antioxidant properties. They have a positive impact on gut health because they fight off bad bacteria that may disrupt our gut health.
In the study, the scientists compared two types of polyphenols, caffeic acid and p-coumaric acid, on three harmful oral bacteria, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Streptococcus mutans, and Porphyromonas gingivalis.
What they found — experimenting with a laboratory model of gum tissue — was that the two red wine polyphenols caffeic acid and p-coumaric acid were most effective at repelling the harmful oral bacteria and preventing them from attaching to healthy tissue.
Wine lovers rejoice! Pour yourself that glass of red wine and bask in the health benefits it provides.
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