Wine polyphenols could fend off bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease (ACS)

Evidence suggests that sipping wine may be good for your colon and heart, possibly because of the beverage's abundant and structurally diverse polyphenols. Now researchers report in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that wine polyphenols might also be good for your oral health. Traditionally, some health benefits of polyphenols have been attributed to the fact that these compounds are antioxidants, meaning they likely protect the body from harm caused by free radicals. However, recent work indicates polyphenols might also promote health by actively interacting with bacteria in the gut. That makes sense because plants and fruits produce polyphenols to ward off infection by harmful bacteria and other pathogens. M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas and colleagues wanted to know whether wine and grape...

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Soft drinks targeted with graphic of tooth decay in new health campaign (ABC)

Sugary drinks health campaign illustration

  A new public health campaign that mocks the glamour of soft drink advertisements is urging Australians to consider the impact of sugary drinks on their teeth. Key points: A coalition of 19 health and community groups have funded the campaign The campaign is aimed at younger Australians who are more "image conscious" Dentists say the effects of drinking soft drink on dental health is "immediate" The Rethink Sugary Drink health campaign features young people drinking red cans of a drink that appears to contain cola, before flashing smiles that reveal rotten teeth. The online-only campaign will be shared on social media by health and community organisations. The Australian Dental Association (ADA), Diabetes Australia and the Cancer Council are among...

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