- Raises (HDL) cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol
- Reduces the formation of blood clots
- Helps prevent artery damage caused by high levels of (LDL) cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol
Note this is all types of alcohol, not just red wine, but white wine, beer, and spirits. The buzz about red wine is linked to antioxidants, particularly resveratrol. There are more antioxidants in red wine than white because red wines involve grape skins – the source of a grape’s antioxidants. Studies have shown that resveratrol could be linked to reduced inflammation and risk of blood clotting. These studies, however, have mostly been done in animals with higher levels of resveratrol than people could get from red wine and still be able to stand up.