Drinking wine prevents sore throats and dental plaque, new study finds

Drinking wine is pretty great on its own, but now there’s even more good news for wine lovers while they enjoy a few glasses of red this weekend.

The alcoholic drink could actually be beneficial to your health, with a recent study saying it can help fend off germs.

Previous wine studies discovered the tipple had antibacterial properties, but a new study has disproved the theory that this is because of the acidity and alcohol concentration.

Instead, it’s thought that the high concentration of organic compounds found in both red and white wine is responsible for it.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and according to it drinking wine can keep away the germs which cause sore throats and dental plaque, because it serves as a disinfectant.

They concluded that the organic compounds found in wine kill 99.9% of dental bacteria, as well as the germs responsible for sore throats.

According to the authors:

Several studies suggest that moderate wine consumption has beneficial effects on human health. The antioxidant and antiradical properties, particularly of red wine, attributed mainly to high polyphenol content, appear to protect against the risk of coronary heart disease and cancer. Our findings seem to indicate that wine can act as an effective antimicrobial agent against the tested pathogenic oral streptococci and might be active in caries and upper respiratory tract pathologies prevention. In conclusion, both red and white wines were proved to exert in vitro antibacterial activity against several oral streptococci.

So there you go, time for another glass!

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