Is red wine good for your health or not? Cardiologists weigh in

“Red wine has this claim that it has antioxidants,” said Dr. Chowdhury Ahsan, chief of cardiology and chief of medicine at University Medical Center. “One of the ingredients is resveratrol,” a polyphenol shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, among others. “It’s a provocative thought, because overall, red wine may lower ‘bad‘ cholesterol, or LDL, and increase ‘good’ cholesterol, or HDL.”