The occasional glass of red wine could lead to better gut health, scientists at King's College in London found.
Lower levels of obesity and "bad" cholesterol can also be beneficial if you have one or two glasses of it. After experimenting on more than 900 twins, the new study showed an increase in gut microbiota diversity Signs of intestinal health – compared to those who drank other types of alcohol.
The scientists studied the effects of beer, cider, red wine, white wine and spirits on the intestinal microbiome, the microorganisms found in the digestive tract.
They found that the intestinal microbiome of red wine drinkers was more diverse than that of researchers who had other drinks speculation could be due to a higher amount of defense chemicals, polyphenol, which act as an antioxidant.
"Although we have long been aware of the unexplained benefits of red wine for heart health, this study shows that moderate red wine consumption is likely" Dr. Caroline Le Roy, lead author of the findings, said, "Results from 91
However, experts have also warned that the positive values should still be weighed against the negative effects of alcohol.
"No doctor would recommend alcohol consumption for medical reasons, given potential benefits of red wine polyphenols along with the association of alcohol with over 200 diseases, including heart disease and cancer, should be considered, as in the review of the guidelines of the head of medicine, dr. Sadie Boniface, Research Coordinator at, stated the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said.
"Polyphenols are also available from a number of other foods besides red wine." The journal Gastroenterology states that if people choose alcohol, red wine should be the right one if consumed in moderation.
Professor Tim Spector, senior author at King's College in London, said it was one of the largest studies ever undertaken to assess the effects of red wine on the guts of nearly 3,000 people in three different countries could be responsible for much of the controversial health benefits when used in moderation. "