Drinking red wine improves your Gut health

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Red wine drinkers have better stomach health and are less likely to suffer from obesity and bad ­cholesterol than those who choose a different tipple.

Scientists at King’s College London analysed more than 900 twins to look at the effects of beer, cider, white wine, red wine, and spirits on the gut microbiome – the millions of bacteria that live in the intestinal tract and help you digest and process food. 

They found that the gut microbiome was more diverse among red wine drinkers than in those who had other drinks. Researchers reckon this could be due to a higher amount of defence chemicals called polyphenol in wine, which could act as an antioxidant.

Polyphenols are defence chemicals naturally present in many fruits, ­vegetables, nuts and legumes such as beans.

They have many ­beneficial properties – including antioxidants – and act as a fuel for the microbes present in 
our system.

Dr Caroline Le Roy said: “Moderate red wine consumption is associated with greater diversity and a healthier gut microbiota.

“Drinking red wine rarely, such as once every two weeks, seems to be enough to observe an effect.

“If you must choose one alcoholic drink today, red wine is the one to pick.

“It seems to potentially exert a ­beneficial effect on you and your gut microbes, which in turn may also help weight and risk of heart disease.

“However, it is still advised to consume alcohol in moderation.”

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