Red wine has long been thought to have wonderful health benefits: studies have shown that drinking red wine in moderation is associated with everything from lower rates of depression to the prevention of atherosclerosis, or fatty deposits that form on the walls of blood vessels and often cause blood clots, which can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks. Additionally, some think that if you’re trying to control your cholesterol, an occasional glass of red may aid you in your efforts. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, antioxidants present in red wine can lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol. These antioxidants are responsible for many of the health benefits of red wine.
As we noted earlier this week, however, resveratrol, the polyphenol found in red wine and dark chocolate that has garnered much interest for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, might not have the health benefits some were hoping for. New studies have shown that there may be no correlation between resveratrol and longevity, cancer, heart disease, or inflammation.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Mills and Inspiyr.com.