Next time you need some liquid courage in a social situation, reach for a glass of red wine. A new study out of the University of South Carolina found that the resveratrol, a natural chemical in the skin of red grapes, can block inflammation in the brain and ease depression-related symptoms for rats stressed by facing a bully.
What makes this study particularly interesting, according to research leader Susan K. Wood, is the discovery of resveratrol's anti-inflammatory effects influencing the mind. The link between depression and inflammation is a new field of study, and has the potential to improve the lives of 148 million Americans.
"Certainly, there is a strong case being built ... that inflammation is linked to depressive symptoms, and there is a great need for these findings to be validated in human studies," Wood said.