Is there anything better than getting wrapped up all nice and warm, in our best hat and scarf, to wander round the Christmas markets getting merry with a warm cup of mulled wine? I think not.
It's one of life's rare treats that we only tend to enjoy over the festive period.
Like most things that we get the most enjoyment from, you'd expect it to be bad for us. I mean, most of the things we love are, particularly at this time of year. Chocolate, pigs in blanket, Christmas cake, mince bloody pies. Ahhh divine naughtiness.
Allas, it seems that our beloved mulled wine might be the exception to the rule, in fact, Stylist.co.uk claim that it could actually be really good for us Hurrah, it's a Christmas miracle!
Apparently, mulled wine can boost our memory, in turn helping fight against Alzheimer's because it contains a natural compound called resveratrol, which is found in red grapes, raspberries and dark chocolate.
This compound apparently reduces the ability of harmful immune molecules to infiltrate brain tissue, aiding against Azheimer's. Sounds complicated, but you can't argue with science, can you?
Not only this, the Christmas favourite can also protect your heart.
Apparently, the antioxidants contained in mulled wine can help to keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting. Clever stuff.
All it takes is one glance around your office or classroom to see that lots of people are suffering from a cold or a cough this time of year. It's hard to avoid. However, a cup or two of good old mulled wine should sort us out as antioxidants in red wine fight infections - including the cold and flu virus.
Seriously, what more can we ask from a glass of the good stuff?
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