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The end of the year is almost here, with Christmas just knocking at our doors. Now, this certainly calls for a big celebration, especially after what we went through all of 2020. And what is a celebration, without a glass of wine?
If you are someone who has a soft spot for wine, then you gotta try spiced or mulled wine. Mulled spice has cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, peppercorn or cardamom, and it has been a tradition to have this wine during Christmas, especially in the west.
But apart from the tradition, this warm and feel-good drink also has these five health benefits:
‘Ageing like fine wine’, we are sure you must have heard this several times, and it can really happen, when you consume wine. Don’t trust us? This is also backed by a study conducted at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Researchers found that mulled wine has resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound that helps slow down your body’s ageing process.
If wine is close to your heart, then know that it is actually good for your heart. A study published in the journal Molecules found that when you consume wine in moderate amounts, it can prove to be a good source of antioxidants that can help reduce cardiovascular stress.
Moreover, active spices like cinnamon, ginger have been previously linked to improved cardiovascular health.
The resveratrol content in wine is also beneficial for your memory. A study conducted at the Georgetown University Medical Centre found that this compound can protect you against Alzheimer’s disease.
Along with Christmas, this season is also all about cold and sneezes. But the good news is that a glass of mulled wine a week can keep the sniffles away. And you should thank its rich antioxidant content, because that’s exactly what helps to keep the infections at bay.
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology also found that the risk of getting a cold was reduced by almost 40% when the participants drank wine for a year. Make sure to practise moderation, as consuming it in excess can also weaken your immune system.
If all these benefits weren’t enough, then according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who consumed around 11 grams of wine a day reported better bone mineral density, as compared to non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.
We are sure these health benefits have filled you with excitement to gulp down a few glasses of mulled wine, but remember moderation is key. Drink smart and stay healthy!