Christmas is not exactly the healthiest time of the year, evidenced by the constant hangover and January detox. However, when enjoyed in moderation, one particular festive staple can bring numerous benefits. Mulled wine – that warm, spiced indulgence that typifies the holiday season – boasts ingredients that may promote longevity.
HDL cholesterol is a substance that counters LDL cholesterol, which can clog up your arteries.
What’s more, the occasional glass of wine may reduce oxidative damage and the oxidation of the “bad” LDL cholesterol up to 50 percent.
Oxidation is a destruction mechanism that is a precursor to heart disease.
Furthermore, drinking one to three glasses of red wine per day, three to four days of the week, may reduce the risk of stroke in middle-aged men, evidence suggests.
Likewise, cinnamon brings myriad health benefits that are conducive to longevity.
It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable, studies show.
More recently, a big review study concluded that a cinnamon dose of just 120 mg per day can have these effects.
In this study, cinnamon also increased “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Last but not least nutmeg.
Animal studies show that taking high-dose nutmeg supplements reduced heart disease risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
A study in rats showed that treatment with high-dose nutmeg extract significantly reduced blood sugar levels and enhanced pancreatic function.
However, these health effects have only been tested in animals using high doses of nutmeg extract.
Human studies are needed to determine whether high-dose supplements of the spice are safe and effective in humans.