Study: Red wine benefits oral health

Despite staining teeth, red wine seems to have significant benefits for overall oral health, study suggests

As researchers from Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación in Madrid and Department of Health and Genomics at the Center for Advanced Research in Public Health in Valencia, Spain found out, polyphenols in red wine are good news for the health of brain, hormonal system, heart and oral cavity.

When talking oral heath, red wine has the capacity of protecting against the formation of cavities and gum disease, thanks to the antioxidant and antibacterial properties of polyphenols.

As discovered, caffeic acid and p-coumaric acid are the most effective polyphenols against harmful oral bacteria, also procteting the teeth from decay. As observed, the action of the two compounds is increased in the presence of Streptococcus dentisani probiotic.

Nevertheless, despite the good news, don’t exaggerate with wine intake, due to the well-known adverse reactions of alcohol!

A small wine glass a day, though, as the study suggests, helps curbing the appetite and has a beneficial impact over teeth and gums.

The research was led by M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.