Mulled Wine – a handful of little-known health benefits

This scrummy festive beverage, traditionally made with red wine and various spices has been served both hot and cold since the second century.

Other than being the perfect winter warmer and a great excuse for another festive social! …

There are plenty of great health benefits that go along with it – aside from the well-known feel good factor!

Here are a handful of reasons to start mulling your red wine stock this week!

It can prevent Heart Disease 

Several reports in 2000 confirmed that wine reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and gets rid of the bad stuff.

Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties

Apart from the additional ‘Christmas in a glass’ taste, cinnamon contains antioxidants that have potent anti-inflammatory activity that can reduce swelling and restore normal tissue function.

Keeping your bones strong

Drinking red wine in moderation can slim your risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density of both men and women. A recent study showed that women who drank 11 to 29 grams of alcohol a day, the equivalent of one to three glasses of wine, had greater bone mineral density, measured in the hip region of their thighbones, than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.

Nutmeg can detoxify the body

Nutmeg is a common spice used in mulled wine and acts as a tonic in many different ways, boosting the overall health of your body. It cleans the liver and kidneys of all toxins stored from alcohol, drugs, pollution and food.

It can slow down the signs of ageing!

Antioxidants in red wine combat damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. There is a high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, including resveratrol, in wine that can keep you looking younger for longer.

But remember – it’s only a glass or two that will keep the doctor away, not the whole bottle!

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