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Red Wine Compound Can Help Protect your Oral Health

Red Wine Compound Can Help Protect your Oral Health

USA- Red wine lovers are delighted to learn about new research on why they should not feel guilty for pouring that red glass of wine. There is a new study that shows that it can actually help your oral health. A lot of people enjoy a glass of red wine or two, to accompany their dinner.  One of the downside to red wine is that it will stain your teeth, so it might not be a good idea to order a glass over a business meeting or on a first date. With that said,  we can all assume that red wine is doing no benefit to your oral health, but on the contrary, researchers from Spain are suggesting it might. This research was conducted by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues from Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación in Madrid, and the Department of Health and Genomics at the Center for Advanced Research in Public Health in Valencia. Moreno-Arribas and her team have been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry for their research on this matter. While we don't need another reason to enjoy a glass of Cabernet or Merlot, as they can make the most simple dinners taste richer and more sophisticated. By simply adding a glass carafe of red wine to any dinner table, it will add colour and impress your guests all at once. A recent study reads that wine can help with heart disease prevention, hormonal health and will help in keeping your brain young. We don't need any more convincing to keep the red wine flowing and not feel guilty about it. However, Moreno-Arribas and her team have found another benefit to drinking red wine, some of its elements could protect you from gum disease and cavities! All the benefits from red wine can be accredited to Polyphenols, they are micronutrients packed with antioxidant properties which protect us from free radicals, that are often very unstable atoms that play an important role in our cellular ageing process.

Polyphenol is a superhero-packed with nutritional weapons, one of them being how they impact our gut bacteria, some of these polyphenols are absorbed by the small intestine, they then blend together with the microbiotic environment of the gut to ward off some of the bad bacteria that might be threatening to your gut's health. Moreno-Arribas and colleagues figure out that the Polyphenols found in grapes and red wine can work in the same way to ward off bad oral bacteria that would cause gum disease and cavities, by having a protective effect on your mouth. So what goes on inside our mouths? In this new study, scientist compared the two types of Polyphenols found in red wine called Caffeic acid and P-Coumaric acid, they also studied the Provinols and Vitaflavan found also in red wine and grape seed extracts on three bad bacterias found in your mouth; Fusobacterium Nucleatum, Streptococcus Mutans and Porphyromonas Gigivalis. While experimenting on a laboratory made models of gum tissue, they found that these two red wine Polyphenols, Caffeic Acid and P-Coumaric acid did a good job of fighting back against this harmful oral bacteria by repelling it away from healthy gum tissue. They followed this by combining a mixture of Caffeic Acid, P-Coumaric Acid and Streptococcus Dentisani, the latter being used as an oral probiotic, and based on this research they found it may help with the prevention of tooth decay. This research proved to be more triumphant, as combining the protective effect of those two polyphenols was augmented by the presence of the probiotic. The phenolic metabolites found in substances formed as Polyphenols that transform in the mouth, suggests that they may be the ones creating this protective result. 

So next time you are feeling bad about having that glass of wine, don't be concerned as it won't cause you any oral harm, with that, wine is still an alcohol, so make sure this is done in moderation. A glass of wine can also repress your appetite so that your palate can be delighted when your food arrives, not to forget the Polyphenols that will protect your gums and teeth while you enjoy that glass of red wine. 

 


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