Wine, especially the red variety, has been the subject of interest for scientists over the years. With health benefits ranging from cancer prevention to longer lifespan and cardiovascular and mental well-being, it is no wonder why science is so interested in it.

This ongoing interest is what lead a group of researchers in Spain to discover that wine also contains a variety of bacteria that are good for you. More specifically,they isolated a total of 11 strains of wine bacteria and determined their possible probiotic properties.

Experts define probiotics as live microorganisms which provide health benefits when present in adequate amounts. Consuming probiotics can help maintain a healthy bowel function, as well as possibly having anti-cancer and cholesterol-lowering properties.

So far studies have reported that the best foods to deliver probiotics are dairy fermented products. But according to this new study author, Dolores González de Llano of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain, “nowadays, there is a need for novel and non-dairy probiotics, from the increasing number of lactose-intolerance cases occurring in the world population, coupled with the unfavorable effect of cholesterol contained in fermented dairy products.”

In this study, researchers found that the probiotic properties of the bacteria isolated from wine are similar to probiotics that come from dairy products, such as fermented milk or yogurt. For all the wine lovers out there, including myself, this is another reason to love wine even more. Still, these new findings do not mean that drinking a couple glasses of wine a day will provide the same health benefits as having a yogurt. But, in the future, they could be isolated and commercialized as probiotics.

But remember, all the health benefits associated with drinking wine are only applicable to moderate drinking! And by moderate drinking the National Health Service recommends that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.

(Source: Scientific American )

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