A new study by Spanish researchers suggests that bacteria found in wine can actually confer several health benefits.
Researchers led by Dolores Gonzalez de Llano of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain report that they managed to isolate 11 different strains of bacteria including strains of Lactobacillus, Oenococcus and Pediococcus bacteria from the wine. This is the first time that probiotics such as Lactobacillus have been studied in wine. Usually, it is thought that dairy products are the best vehicles for probiotics.
The researchers also found the bacteria found in wine were able to stick to the walls of the human intestine and 'may provide beneficial effects, such as the exclusion of pathogens,' or harmful bacteria, from the intestine.
The study also found that the bacteria were able to survive in gastric juice, bile and lysozyme, 'LiveScience' reported.