Anyone who's agreed to one too many top-ups can attest that wine in excess is definitely not good for your body. Waking up to a throbbing headache and foggy mind are two clear signs that you've overdone it, but science suggests that red wine in moderation can, in fact, be good for you.
For years, we've heard that a glass a day might have heart-healthy implications, thanks to red wine's antioxidant properties, but now, new research suggests another reason to raise a glass. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition has found an intriguing connection between red wine, gut health, and brain function.
Researchers discovered that when red wine passes through your gut, "It leaves compounds that protect neurons from getting damaged or killed off," Well+Good explains. When neurons are protected, there's a lower chance of developing conditions such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.
"It is very important to understand that certain food compounds are responsible for this health benefit in protecting against the onset of neurodegenerative diseases—no medication was involved," says Adelaida Esteban-Fernández, MD, one of the study authors. "We now need to advance our understanding of the effect of diet in the promotion of normal brain function."
While more research is needed to fully understand the link between wine, the gut, and the brain, for now, we're content knowing that the occasional glass could actually be good for our body.
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