Drinking red wine may help fight inflammation in the body, according to research published on Sunday by scientists at the University of Glasgow.
Researchers found that resveratrol, an anti-oxidant found in red wine, protected mice when they were exposed to a strong inflammatory agent.
Mice that were not pre-treated with resveratrol developed a serious reaction similar to the inflammatory disorder sepsis.
The study found that it blocks two major proteins in the body that trigger inflammation.
"Strong acute inflammatory diseases such as sepsis are very difficult to treat and many die every day due to lack of treatment," said Alirio Melendez of the University of Glasgow.