Have you ever thought about the potential benefits of drinking mulled wine? For centuries, people have used its spicy flavor to enjoy festive times during the cold winter months. This traditional drink is said to be healthy, which makes it all the more appealing! In this blog post, we are going to investigate whether this age-old drink actually has beneficial effects or if it is just a myth.
We’ll look at what the scientific research has to say and how mulled wine can help us stay healthy in today’s hectic life. So pour your drink and take a sip, as this article takes us on an exciting journey to uncover the truth behind one of our favorite holiday drinks. Is mulled wine good for your health?
Here are some of the scientifically proven results.
According to scientific studies, mulled wine can be good for your health in moderation. A study by researchers at the University of Reading found that regular, moderate consumption of red wine may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Additionally, mulled wine has been found to contain significant amounts of polyphenols, which are antioxidants with beneficial effects on the body. These polyphenols are said to help lower cholesterol levels, improve the general health of blood vessels, reduce inflammation and even protect against certain types of cancer.
It could help slow down aging.
A 2017 study by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute found that resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound found naturally in the skin of red grapes, may help slow the body’s aging process.
It can apparently boost your memory.
Resveratrol may also be helpful for memory. Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have found that resveratrol reduces the ability of harmful immune molecules to infiltrate brain tissue, which may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
And, since resveratrol is found in both red wine and red grapes, this is true for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic mulled wines. Winner.
It can help you lower your cholesterol levels.
That’s great news, but it depends on what kind of red wine (or red grape juice) you’re using. A study from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, showed that Tempranillo red grapes – which are used to produce certain red wines, such as Rioja – can have a significant effect on cholesterol levels.
Researchers found that healthy study participants who consumed the same grape supplement found in red wine saw their LDL (aka “bad” cholesterol) levels drop by 9%. Participants with high cholesterol experienced a 12% drop.
It could help protect your heart.
Polyphenols — the antioxidants found in red wine — may help keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting. Professor John Folts, who specializes in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told Today: “They’re almost as effective as aspirin.” However, as is always the case with alcohol, remember to drink responsibly; too much alcohol can be harmful to the heart.
It can act as an anti-inflammatory.
It wouldn’t be a glass of mulled wine without a few cinnamon sticks, and these Christmas bundles are loaded with antioxidants. They have powerful anti-inflammatory activity, which can reduce swelling and restore normal tissue function, not to mention relieving arthritis pain.
It could be good for your bones too.
Once again, you can thank your red wine for this; a report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in April 2000 showed that women who drank about 11 g of alcohol a day – the equivalent of a glass of wine – had greater bone mineral density, measured in the hip region of their femurs, than non-drinkers or heavy drinkers.
Bone mineral density, for those wondering, is the measurement used by doctors to determine the strength and strength of bones.
It can help dissolve kidney stones.
Again, this is the nutmeg you consume through your mulled wine; its active ingredients have been shown to help dissolve kidney stones and increase the overall function and efficiency of the kidneys and liver.
It can help reduce the risk of diabetes.
A 2009 study in Canada showed that wines of all types can reduce the risk of contracting the disease by 13%.
However, the study authors caution people who already have diabetes against drinking alcohol: drink slowly, eat carbohydrate-rich foods, and be aware that glucagon (a treatment for hypoglycemia) does not work when alcohol is present in your bloodstream. It is also worth remembering that mulled wine often has a higher sugar content than most other wines.
Overall, although evidence regarding the potential health benefits of mulled wine consumption in moderation is still emerging, several studies suggest that this beverage may provide some health benefits. However, as with any alcoholic beverage, it is important to enjoy it responsibly and to remember to always exercise moderation when consuming alcoholic beverages for health purposes.