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Scientists talk about the unexpected benefits of red wine

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Red wine has a positive effect on intestinal microflora and weight, and also helps to lower the level of “bad” cholesterol, a research team from England and Belgium found out. The findings of scientists are published on the website of King’s College London.

In an experiment involving almost three thousand people from the UK, USA and the Netherlands, researchers studied the effects of red and white wine, beer, cider and other alcohol on the body. The age, weight, diet and socio-economic characteristics of the volunteers were taken into account.

It turned out that the use of red wine is associated with a large number of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal microflora, which is considered an indicator of its health. According to researchers, this is due to the fact that the drink contains many polyphenols – protective chemicals that serve as fuel for microorganisms, as well as having antioxidant properties.

“It has long been known about the inexplicable benefits of red wine for the heart, but this study shows that its moderate consumption is associated with a more diverse and healthy intestinal microflora,” noted the first author of the work, Dr. Caroline Le Roy.

In addition, research has shown that red wine helps maintain weight and reduce levels of bad cholesterol.

According to Le Roy, to notice the positive effect of the drink, it is enough to use it once every two weeks in moderation.

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