When it comes to alcohol, maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t exactly the main reason why most people drink. That being said, if you are looking for some guilt-free indulgence, red wine has long been considered among the healthiest of alcoholic beverages. Red wine has already been linked to a number of health benefits, including improved blood circulation, but a new study finds that people who drink red wine enjoy increased gut microbiota diversity (that’s a good thing) in comparison to non-drinkers.
Additionally, the study, conducted at King’s College London, shows that red wine drinkers were also associated with lower levels of “bad” cholesterol and obesity.
In short, gut microbiome plays a vital role in every human being’s overall health. For example, an imbalance of “good” or “bad” microbes in the gut can cause weight gain, a weakened immune system, and high cholesterol. A person’s gut is generally considered healthy if it is home to a large and diverse set of bacterial organisms.
Researchers from KCL’s Department of Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology set out to investigate the effect of red wine, white wine, cider, beer, and liquor on the gut microbiome and overall health of 916 U.K.-born female twins. They found that red wine drinkers’ gut microbiomes were more diverse than participants who preferred other forms of alcohol.
“While we have long known of the unexplained benefits of red wine on heart health, this study shows that moderate red wine consumption is associated with greater diversity and a healthier gut microbiota that partly explain its long debated beneficial effects on health,” explains Dr. Caroline Le Roy, the study’s first author, in a media release.
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