The research adds an argument in favor of drinking in a long-standing scientific standoff over whether it is good or bad for health.
Red wine compounds called polyphenols can be used as fuel for a range of bacteria and fungi beneficial to the health of the digestive tract, the researchers suggested.
They said that red wine could also help the body maintain healthy cholesterol levels, maintain a strong immune system and avoid obesity.
One of the scientists at King’s College London said, “If you have to choose an alcoholic beverage today, it’s the right red wine. “