Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday temptations you don't have to resist

Try mulled wine (made with red wine) spiked with cinnamon, orange juice, cloves and honey or tiny bit of sugar. Cinnamon contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

It may also help lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels. Cloves can kill bacteria and calm inflammation, which has been linked to heart disease.
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Moderate drinking (defined as no more than two drinks a day for men younger than 65, and one drink a day for women or men older than 65) is linked with lower risk for heart disease, stroke, gallstones and diabetes. However, it’s what’s in the glass that counts.

Resveratrol in red wine offers heart benefits by keeping blood vessels supple and preventing plaque from depositing on artery walls. Resveratrol and other antioxidants in grapes may also keep the platelets in blood from clumping and forming clots.

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