Usually made with red wine, mulling spices (cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, peppercorn or cardamom) and raisins, mulled wine is typically served hot or warm. A traditional Christmas beverage, mulled wine has several health benefits that may make it a healthier choice than other holiday drinks like hot chocolate, eggnog or sugary lattes.
Research has confirmed that red wine reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. A great source of antioxidants, red wine increases your good cholesterol levels and can help prevent heart disease and clogged arteries. Red wine in moderation may also slim the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density in men and women. The same antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and heart attacks can also slow down signs of the aging process. A high concentration of resveratrol helps fight against the damaging of free radicals in skin that play a role in aging, keeping you looking younger!
Aside from the mulled spices, many restaurants and homemade recipes call for mulled wine to be served with cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling and restore tissue, making it an added bonus in flavor and health benefits! Another powerful spice, nutmeg is often used to detox. It helps clear out the liver and kidneys of toxins from alcohol, drugs, pollution and food.
As with anything, these benefits are only applicable if you don’t drink too much. Take comfort in making a healthy choice this holiday season by drinking safely and in moderation!
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