Bacteria Found in Wine can Benefit Human Health

Updated at: Sep 30, 2014
Bacteria Found in Wine can Benefit Human Health

A recent study conducted by researchers in Spain suggested that the bacteria found in wine could be highly beneficial for human health.

Vasudha Bhat
LatestWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Sep 30, 2014

Wine BacteriaA new study has shown that the bacteria present in red wine can be advantageous for human health.
The researchers in Spain isolated 11 strains of bacteria from wine which included strains of Lactobacillus that can also be found in yogurt, Oenococcus and Pediococcus bacteria which are linked with wine-making process.

Author of this study Dolores Gonzalez de Llano of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain said "up to now, many studies have reported that the best [foods] to deliver probiotics are dairy fermented products, so that the probiotic properties of wine-related [Lactobacillus] were hardly studied".
Gonzalez de Llano said probiotics are live organisms that can give health benefits when consumed in right quantity.

Intake of probiotics can be beneficial for maintaining a healthy community of gut bacteria and bowel
function, she said.

She added that probiotics are also believed to contain anti-cancer and cholesterol-lowering properties.

The ability of bacteria to survive in conditions similar to the ones found in the human gastrointestinal system was examined by researchers during this study.

The researchers observed whether the bacteria in wine could survive when exposed to simulated gastric juice, bile and lysozyme which is an enzyme that is highly concentrated in human saliva that can damage bacterial cell walls.

It was found by the researchers that the bacteria could survive in those conditions and was comparable to or was even better than the survival of strains of bacteria known to be beneficial for humans.

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