You’ve probably seen friends passing around a news story about how wine can increase your longevity. It doesn’t. It just says that people who are 90 or whatever and drink wine seem to be in better shape mentally than those who don’t. But science has found that wine might actually be good for the health of your mouth.
According to a recent study in Spain, some of the chemicals found in red wine can actually prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Polyphenols have been shown to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth, decreasing your chances of having mouth problems, aside from purple lips and teeth, and slurring your words. They have even been found to have positive effects on your gut bacteria.
The Guys aren’t dentists, but we recommend keeping a bottle of cabernet next to your toothbrush. It’s the only mouth wash that’s safe to swallow.
If there’s one thing that The Guys have always advocated, it’s that drinking is good for you. And we don’t mean drinking in that eight glasses of water a day vein of thought. No, our veins are meant to be leaded, and the latest research confirms that a red wine BAC is a-OK.
Red wine contains resveratrol, a chemical that was tested on lab mice in a study just published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism. Only mice with the gene SIRT1 received benefits from resveratrol. In moderate amounts, the resveratrol targets SIRT1, and in heavier doses, will improve other areas as well, improving the health of mice with high-fat diets and increasing their life span.
Just how much resveratrol? “The amounts [of wine] we gave to our mice would be like drinking 100 glasses of red wine a day,” said Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School. [Emphasis ours.]
Well, there you go. Tap a box of your favorite vintage and get drinking to your health.
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