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For those of you who love to drink wine and black tea now have yet another reason to enjoy your favourite drink.
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine, United States have found that a compound - flavonoids found in black tea and wine can help gut bacteria fight infections and prevent severe influenza.
According to Ashley Steed, the lead author of the study said that the flavonoids help regulate the immune system to fight infections, by working with a particular gut micriobiome - clostridium.
Flavonoids are common in our diets, so an important implication of our study is that it is possible, flavonoids work with gut microbes to protect us from flu and other viral infections," Steed said.
Flavonoids are found in black tea, red wine and blueberries. It is not only having a diet rich in flavonoids, but during the study, researchers also found that you also need the right microbes in the intestine to use those flavonoids to control the immune response.
The study was conducted by the researchers on mice. However, the study is yet to be conducted on humans.
The study has been recently published in the journal "Science".