The battle against depression may now have a welcome aid: Wine.
A new Spanish study found that people over the age of 55 who drank a glass or two of red wine a day reduced their risk of depression.
Some 5,000 Spanish men and women between 55 and 80 were followed for seven years, and their health issues were recorded.
In the study, people who had between two and seven glasses of red per week faced the lowest risk of depression than any other group of drinkers—including abstainers.Researchers believe that red wine’s potent antioxidant resveratrol—which has also been shown to have cardiovascular benefits—may have brain-protecting qualities, too.
The results do not show that you can trade in any prescription medication for a nice Pinot Noir, however.
The study is in direct contrast to earlier research that has shown more drinking actually increases one’s risk of depression (or worsens it).
As well, drinking more than two glasses a day for two weeks does just the opposite: It puts you at elevated risk for liver damage and other adverse health issues, according to research.