Wed, 30 May 2012 09:42:54 GMT | By AFP RelaxNews, additional images by Getty

Red wine is good for the gut

A study out of Spain has found that polyphenols in red wine, also found in foods like chocolate and coffee, can improve gut health.


Red wine is good for the gut: study (©Sandra Caldwell shutterstock.com)

(Relaxnews) - A small study out of Spain has found that red wine can help stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

For their research, scientists recruited 10 healthy, middle-aged men who underwent three different phases: in the first 20-day period, participants were given 9 ounces of Merlot; in the second, they were given 9 ounces of low-alcohol red wine; and the last, about 3 ounces of gin, reports medical site WebMd.com.

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