Your mouth might like red wine for more reasons th...

Your mouth might like red wine for more reasons than one

If I asked you to determine the classiest alcoholic beverage, I’m fairly certain that you would say wine. In this case, I would completely agree, and perhaps there are multiple reasons for this perception. The often intensely European aspects of wine might elevate its status. Additionally, the posh glasses that wine tends to be served in can’t hurt our perception of it either.

A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found results that provided evidence for the beneficial properties of polyphenols in red wine. Polyphenols interfere with the way in which harmful microorganisms layer themselves in one’s mouth.

Think about polyphenols as a defense against gingivitis and more severe periodontal conditions. In other words, you’ll have fresher breath and cleaner teeth – physical qualities most people desire. Just consider how your perception of someone can be altered when they have a beautiful smile.

On a more general note, just for fun, polyphenols have antioxidant properties. I’m sure that you’ve heard all the hype about how antioxidants are beneficial for your health, particularly in relation to avoiding cardiovascular diseases. Just in case you’re unfamiliar with them, oxidants possess free electrons that have the potential to damage healthy tissues in your body. This makes the term antioxidant appropriate. Foods and drinks rich in antioxidants include blueberries, plums, pecans, dark chocolate, red wine, and green tea among scores of others.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you should go to a bar with your friends and drink like a fish while saying, “don’t worry guys, wine has oodles of antioxidants!” Generally with these health tips, moderation remains the key to improving overall health.

Photo Credits: Levgenii Meyer, Antonshutterstock, Marcin Jucha, Pikselstock, Pilipphoto, Sea Wave, Margouillat Photo, Marina Shanti, Taa22, and Mikhail Kayl respectively /

By: Kishan Patel


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