Mulled wine is a firm favourite around the festive period, and it’s been around a long time too, since the 2nd century no less. Traditionally made with a combination of red wine, various mulling spices and raisins, there have been some subtle changes as time has evolved as you can see in our recipe.Aside from being a warm tasty beverage, there are also a number of health reasons you should start sipping some mulled wine this year, and here they are: NutmegNutmeg is known for being a common spice in mulled wine, and is this ingredient that acts as a tonic in a host of ways, and as such boosts the overall health of your body. More specifically, it helps to clean out the kidneys and liver of all the toxins that may be stored there from food, alcohol, pollution, and natural organic toxins. Heart DiseaseSeveral reports have confirmed that the consumption of red wine lessens the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cardiac arrest. Red wine provides us with a wonderful source of antioxidants, which in turn heightens levels of HDL (good cholesterol) at the same time as ridding us of the bad stuff. By carrying out these actions, red wine helps to significantly prevent clogged arteries and heart disease. CinnamonMulled wine simply isn’t mulled wine without the addition of a cinnamon stick or two floating about as the steam weaves around the mug. So apart from being the ingredient that provides the ‘smell of Christmas’, cinnamon, like nutmeg, contains antioxidants that have effective anti-inflammatory activity. These properties can assist in reducing swelling as well as restoring normal tissue function. AgeingThose handy little antioxidants in red wine help us in the fight against damaging free radicals that have an effect on us in terms of the aging process and age-related diseases. The strong concentration of polyphenols, also found in green tea and cold & flu medication, are a useful source for keeping you looking younger for longer. BonesBy drinking red wine in moderation you are opening yourself up to the chance of reducing osteoporosis risks. This is because red wine increases bone mineral density. Recent research revealed that women who drank between 11-29g of alcohol a day (the same as one to three glasses of wine), had superior bone mineral density, measured in the hip region of their thighbones, compared to non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. While mulled wine and its ingredients have proven health benefits, and can be enjoyed on your St Asaph caravan holidays its important to remember that it’s only a glass or two that will keep the doctor away. Drinking anymore is excessive and has proven adverse effects, so drink responsibly. Image: rpavich under Creative Commons.