Evidence suggests that sipping wine may be good for your colon and heart, according to a recently-released study by the American Chemical Society. Researchers believe that this could be because of wine’s abundant and diverse polyphenols. The health benefits of polyphenols are typically attributed to the fact that they act as antioxidants in the human body. In addition to those benefits, recent research indicates that polyphenols might have a positive active interaction in the human digestive system. This led researchers the investigate whether polyphenols from grapes might also help protect teeth and gums.
In the laboratory, researchers found compelling evidence to suggest that the two wine polyphenols studied helped cut back on bacteria’s ability to stick to cells. They also found that combining the polyphenols with a probiotic increased the effectiveness of fighting off bacteria. So next time you’re sipping on a nice glass of wine, you might actually be improving your oral health!