(HealthDay News) -- Red wine, more than a tasty beverage to enjoy with dinner, is rich in antioxidants called flavonoids that can help protect your heart.
Recent research shows that red wine -- limited to a four-ounce glass per day -- may help protect you from heart disease, cancer, and even neurological disease.
The Yale-New Haven Hospital says flavonoids in wine help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise good (HDL) cholesterol. Wine can also reduce your risk of blood clots, and positively impact lipids in the blood after a meal.
Despite these potential benefits, some shouldn't drink alcohol at all. Liver disease, depression, hypertension and congestive heart failure all can be exacerbated by alcohol. You should talk to your doctor about what's right for you.