Yet another reason to pair wine with food. It is known that red wine is rich in antioxidants, but scientists until recently did not understand how the antioxidants had any effect because the antioxidants did not appear to travel to the bloodstream. Now they have figured it out. It's not drinking red wine any old time, it's particularly when you pair them with meat. While red meat is in the stomach it releases some harmful toxins that the antioxidants from the wine neutralize.
I've long been a big advocate of pairing wine with food, not just drinking it. If you weren't into it before, now you have a health reason.
I learn this from The Economist. You can read the whole article by clicking here.