Red wine drinkers have 'significantly' healthier gut bacteria, study finds

Mail Online | 8/27/2019 | Sam Blanchard Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Red wine drinkers have a more diverse range of bacteria in their gut and therefore better digestive health than those who prefer other alcoholic drinks, a study found.

The research adds a point in favour of the drink in a long-running scientific tug of war over whether it's good or bad for you.

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Compounds in red wine called polyphenols may act as fuel for a range of health-giving bacteria and fungi living in the gut, the researchers suggested.

They said red wine could also help the body to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, keep a strong immune system and avoid obesity.

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One of the scientists at King's College London claimed: 'If you must choose one alcoholic drink today, red wine is the one to pick.'

Past studies have produced confusing evidence over red wine, however, with some claiming it can lower the risk of heart disease or dementia and slow down cancer, and others finding the exact opposites.

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Researchers studied the effects of drinking red wine, white wine or alcoholic spirits in 458 pairs of twin sisters – 916 women in total.

They compared their results with other studies done on 1,104 people living in the Netherlands and 904 in the US.

People - Studies - Diets - Levels - Bacteria

People in the studies were asked about their diets and had levels of bacteria in their guts measured in the lab.

Those who drank red wine – even if it was only once every couple of weeks – had a 'significantly higher' diversity of bacteria in their digestive system, the study said.

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Drinking white wine, however, led to only a 'lesser but suggestive' improvement, while spirits such as vodka or gin had no effects.

The scientists believe this is down to the polyphenols – antioxidant nutrients found in fruits – which are found in grapes used to make wine, particularly reds.

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