Britons are famous for their love of prosecco, having drunk 40 million litres last year. And with the festive season drawing nearer the consumption of prosecco is about to increase. We know that alcohol consumption has many negative effects on our health but can there be health benefits to prosecco?
Recent studies have shown evidence that prosecco is beneficial for our heart and circulation. These benefits are since prosecco contains the natural compounds called polyphenols which are also found in plants and flavonoids. These compounds give a plant its colour and can help to protect from various dangers; our consumption therefore has many protective benefits.
Researchers from the University of Reading have found that polyphenols slow down the removal of nitric oxide from our blood. Nitric oxide relaxes the inner muscles of the blood vessels, causing them to widen and increase circulation and therefore improve our blood flow. Why is that good? Increased blood flow decreases both blood pressure and the chance of clots forming, reducing the likelihood that you will suffer from cardiovascular disease and strokes.
Researchers from the University of Reading have found that polyphenols slow down the removal of nitric oxide from our blood
Both the NHS and British Heart Foundation have examined these supposed benefits and the potential benefits have not been denied. However, they do state that polyphenols are also abundant in various fruits and vegetables which are a much healthier option.
Researchers from the University of Reading have also suggested that drinking three glasses of sparkling alcohol, including champagne and cava, could be of health benefit. However, there is still not enough evidence to support these claims and experts still stress the need to drink responsibly.
Alongside the benefits of the slowed removal of nitric oxide from the blood, prosecco consumption can have negative effects on blood pressure. For example, through the negative impacts on your waistline.
Drinking three glasses of sparkling alcohol, including champagne and cava, could be of health benefit
Overall, there may be health benefits associated with prosecco. However, these benefits are dependent on moderate consumption, while excessive consumption will have more negative impacts on health than positive.