New study reveals that drinking wine can prevent sore throats and dental plaque
A new study has revealed great news for those who are partial to a glass of wine. Researchers have discovered that wine can offer disinfectant benefits, helping to keep sore throats and dental plaque at bay.
Previously, studies indicated that drinking wine could be beneficial for health due to its acidity and alcohol content, but new research suggests that the presence of organic compounds is more significant. The findings of the study, which have been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that compounds found in wine help to destroy 99.9% of bacteria associated with dental plaque and sore throats.
The study authors explained that there is a significant body of evidence to suggest a link between drinking wine and boosting health, due to the presence of antioxidants and polyphenols. Previously, studies have tended to focus on heart health benefits, but this latest project indicates a connection between the compounds and oral health. The most important property in this case is the ability for compounds found in wine to act as “antimicrobial agents” that tackle oral streptococci. The research team found that both red and white wine offered similar benefits.
Despite the good news, health experts are keen to encourage drinking in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of a host of potentially life-threatening conditions. The current NICE guidelines recommend a maximum weekly intake of 14 units for men and women, which equates to around 5 large glasses of wine per week.