A study from King’s College London has revealed that women who drink red wine have a greater diversity of intestinal bacteria, which is considered a sign of a healthy intestinal flora. In addition, the red wine drinking were comparatively less obese and had less elevated cholesterol.
Scientists at the King’s College London studied the effect of beer, cider, red wine, white wine, and spirits on the intestinal Microbiome and the health of 916 female twins. It found that the bacterial colonization of the intestine of the red wine drinking in comparison to Non-red Wine drinkers more and more diverse. The consumption of white wine, beer or spirits, this was not observed. A gut Microbiome, with a higher number of different bacteria is regarded as a sign of a healthy bowel. In addition, the researchers observed that red wine drinkers were less obese, and less frequently, bad cholesterol values.
The authors are of the opinion that the abundant in red wine contained plant substances are the cause for the effect. Called polyphenols occur in many fruits and vegetables, have a protective, antioxidant effect, and are the intestinal bacteria as a source of energy. For a long time, you know that red wine is beneficial to heart health, with a lack of clarity about why this is so. Possibly this can be explained with the positive effect on the intestinal flora.
Dr. Caroline Le Roy, of King’s College, London, advises, nevertheless, a moderate consumption: "Although we have observed a correlation between red wine and the diversity of the intestinal flora, it seems to be sufficient, to drink red wine infrequently, about every two weeks."