Who knew that champagne offers health benefits aside from being the perfect toasting choice and mate for orange juice? It is more beneficial that one would think as long as you don’t overdo it. Champagne and other sparkling wines can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, a study from the University of Reading in England found.
- Trim Sip
For a figure-friendly holiday drink, pick bubbly. At 78 calories per 4-ounce pour, dry “Brut” champagne is one of the lowest-calorie libations you can have.
- Improves Memory
Studies have shown that memory can be improved after the consumption of champagne. Spatial memory is the ability to recognize one’s surroundings, as well as perform complex tasks and calculations. It is of particular importance to older people. Very early signs of dementia can occur when you’re in your 40s, therefore it can be beneficial to have a few glasses of champagne weekly to ward it off.
- Heart Health
A little known fact about champagne is that it’s just as healthy for your heart as a glass of red wine. This is because it’s made from red, as well as white, grapes, and therefore contains most resveratrol. This is an important antioxidant that prevents damage to your blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol, and prevents blood clots. “Sip a glass once a week to reap the benefits”, says Jeremy Spencer, PhD, the study’s senior researcher. “Just don’t have more than one a night—as with any booze, over-imbibing hurts your health”.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
Champagne also contains polyphenol antioxidants, which further protects the heart in its own way. It does this by slowing down the removal of nitric acid from the blood which can result in lower blood pressure.
- Mood Enhancer
Feeling a bit like Grinch – drink a glass of champagne! Bubbly contains natural trace elements that may help boost your mood. To enhance champagne’s positivity power, drink it with a fish dish. Its crisp flavor pairs perfectly with seafood, says Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook, and fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3s, which also help make you happy.
- Natural Emollient
Champagne’s carbon dioxide may help tighten your skin, and its antioxidant properties combat redness. Soak in this soothing bath to reap the benefits: combine 1 cup powdered milk and 1/2 cup Epsom salts in a bowl; add 1 or more cups of any sparkling wine (no need to splurge on the more expensive varieties) and 1 tablespoon honey warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and then pour into running bath water. When the tub is full, add in rose petals—they’re a natural emollient that hydrates and tones. To double the indulgence, sip a glass while you soak.
Got some bubbly left over from last night’s bash? Use it to make tasty, light vinaigrette. “Champagne can be used in place of orange and other fruit juices, adding flavor without being cloying,” says Frances Largeman-Roth, Health’s Senior Food and Nutrition Editor and co-author of The CarbLovers Diet. Plus, the acidity helps cut through the richness of the oil, making it taste lighter and brighter on your tongue than other dressings. Try this vinaigrette recipe.
So be sure to indulge a bit this holiday season and explain to your friends the benefits of Champagne. Tell wi how yuh a go use champagne dis yah holiday?