June 25 2007

Wine Prevents Cavities

By Mark Sisson
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A new study out today confirms the antibacterial power of both red and white wine. Apparently, researchers have proven that wine destroys the bacteria responsible for cavities and throat infections. Interestingly, it’s not the alcohol that kills the germs, but rather acids in the wine.

Imagine the possibilities here:

– Stop fighting the nightly battle with your toddler and the toothbrush. Just get ’em tossed instead. Sure, they’ll be a little hungover at preschool, but you can never be too careful when it comes to your child’s dental health.

– Until cough syrup comes in a believable-tasting grape, wine has won points for flavor. Now we see that “Grandpa’s medicine” really is medicine. Because if you’re calling in sick, you might as well be drunk.

No wonder bums have such great teeth! I’m being facetious, of course. I don’t know if replacing your toothbrush with a wine glass is such a bright idea.

This is Kjaergaard’s Flickr Photo CC

The study was a test-tube run, and when the active acids were removed and tested on their own, they killed germs better than the wine. So while wine is a naturally antibacterial beverage, other properties in the wine probably cancel out any benefits. The study also illustrates the fact that just about anything can be promoted as having a health benefit.

For example, because wine contains the antioxidant resveratrol, it’s touted as being healthy. While there’s plenty of evidence to suggest modest amounts of alcohol may exert some protective cardiovascular benefit, to reap serious antioxidant benefit, you’d have to drink enough jugs to put Gallo out of business. I think wine, in moderation, has healthful properties. But don’t expect wine to save your arteries if you’re not also living a healthy lifestyle. You’re better off eating fresh fruits and vegetables and supplementing with a multivitamin that contains antioxidants.

The moral here is that even scientists can justify that Dionysian dinner tab as a business expense.

Further reading:

How to Eat More Chocolate and Drink More Wine Every Day

[tags] health benefits of wine, antioxidants [/tags]

TAGS:  oral health

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  1. Red wine is really beneficial for health as we know how it helps to reduce heart problems such as heart attack and Alzheimer etc. It also loses the weight of our body. It also many uses for a stomach. It also best for cancer diseases. But I am surprised that red wine prevents hearing loss and mental decline. Thanks for sharing amazing and informative information.