Drinking red wine can help prevent you catching the flu

A bottle of red can help you fight those germs this winter.

Natural 'flavonoid' compounds found in berries, teas, and more importantly, red wine, have a special gut microbe to help you battle severe flu infections.

While the new research showed the tested mice couldn't stop from contracting the virus altogether, their immune systems were boosted enough to stop it from a severe bout of the flu.

"For years, flavonoids have been thought to have protective properties that help regulate the immune system to fight infections," said first author Dr Ashley Steed, a pediatrician from St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri.

"Flavonoids are common in our diets, so an important implication of our study is that it's possible flavonoids work with gut microbes to protect us from flu and other viral infections. Obviously, we need to learn more, but our results are intriguing."

Other recent studies about red wine have found that drinking it can also help you stay thin, as well as be as effective treatment for erectile dysfunction in men.

H/T: Daily Mail