According to a new study of 3,000 people, red wine is linked to a diverse microbiome (Le Roy et al., 2019).
That’s a more diverse gut microbiome than people who drink other kinds of alcohol.
Having a wide array of gut bacteria is thought to be beneficial to health.
The team behind the work think antioxidants called polyphenols in red wine may explain the link.
Le Roy, C.I., Wells, P.M., Si, J., Raes, J., Bell, J.T. & Spector, T.D. (2019) Red Wine Consumption Associated With Increased Gut Microbiota α-Diversity in 3 Independent Cohorts. Gastroenterology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2019.08.024.