The Surprising Health Reason You Should Have a Glass of Red This Weekend

Updated 02/23/18
Red wine improves oral hygiene: Woman Holding Glass of Red Wine
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There is nothing I love more than a (big) glass of red wine on a Sunday. Or Friday, for that matter. Growing up, I despised wine, no matter how much my parents tried to educate me in good quality red, white or rose—I wasn't having any of it and would rather stick to my fizzy water. Now, I can't get enough, and nine times out of 10, if I'm ordering a drink, the words "Merlot" or "Pinto Noir" will come out of my mouth.

So luckily for me and any other red wine lovers out there, a new study has just added fuel to my red wine fire (well, we already know it has some health benefits). According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the antioxidants found in red wine can help to prevent bacteria from sticking to our gums that can lead to cavities and plaque. While examining the oral health benefit of two types of red wine polyphenols, scientists discovered that both caffeic and p-Coumaric acid (acids that are interestingly also found in coffee and cranberry juice) helped to prevent potentially harmful microbes sticking to gums and potentially eventually leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

Now, this obviously isn't an excuse to go and drown your workweek sorrows in a vat of red wine, but we predict we may start seeing wine-inspired dental hygiene products available in the future. The authors revealed that in order to reap real benefits, exposure to the molecules would have to be extensive—which most wouldn't be able to stomach. But now we have another reason to treat ourselves to a glass (or two) of red wine tonight.

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