Friday, March 10, 2006

Scientists say red wine is good for your gums

Scientists have found that certain compounds in red wine could play a role in preventing gum disease and tooth loss. Researchers from Laval University presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Orlando, Florida, yesterday.

When extracts of Bordeaux wine were used to treat periodontal bacteria in laboratory conditions, the Quebec scientists found that the polyphenols had a "significant inhibitory" effect on the growth of the bacteria. They concluded that the compounds could help to prevent the spread of gum diseases.

The Independent

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