It's Friday and you're looking to unwind - a glass of wine sounds like just the thing to help ease you into the weekend.
Well, research shows that this habit, in moderation, could actually also be good for your gut, too!
According to researchers: - Red wine could be good for the gut, increasing the number of different types of helpful bacteria that live there. - Benefits are likely to come from polyphenols, micronutrients that are thought to have beneficial properties and act as a fuel for useful microbes living inside our bowel.
The BBC reported, that a study published in the journal Gastroenterology, looked at thousands of people living in the UK, the US and the Netherlands and the gut microbiota of red wine drinkers was more diverse than that of non-red wine drinkers.
Gut bug diversity increased the more red wine a person consumed, although occasional drinking - one glass a week or fortnight - appeared to be sufficient.
While this was purely an observational study and needs more research to confirm the findings, researcher Dr. Caroline Le Roy says "if you must choose one alcoholic drink today, red wine is the one to pick as it seems to potentially exert a beneficial effect on you and your gut microbes, which in turn may also help weight and risk of heart disease."
Source: @bbcnews www.bbc.com/news/health-49480864