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There’s no denying that prosecco is the drink of the moment. Brits consumed a third of all the Italian fizz produced last year, according to Metro, we’re desperate to find any guilt free excuse for a glass of the good stuff.

So here’s for the good news. Studies have now suggested that prosecco fans could be onto something, with evidence suggesting that a glass or two a week could actually have some health benefits. In case you need another excuse to enjoy a tipple this weekend, together with Steve King, director of the online gifts retailer Bottled & Boxed, we’ve settled upon five ways in which prosecco is IDEAL for your mind, body, and soul.

It could improve your circulation

Prosecco and champagne could be good for your heart and circulation, according to research carried out by the University of Reading. This is because the polyphenols (plant chemicals found in the grapes used to make prosecco) are absorbed into your circulatory system, slowing down the natural removal of nitric oxide — the chemical that controls your blood pressure — from your blood. Because the nitric oxide is given more time to work its way around your vessels, it can improve the overall blood flow around your body. The University of Reading says that, as a result, a glass or two of prosecco could lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots.

It can boost your mood

Sparkling wine contains natural trace elements of zinc, magnesium, and potassium. According to The Express, this means the tipple could have the power to boost your mood in a similar way to fast-acting antidepressants. This is ideal if you’ve had a long day at work or need a pick-me-up every so often, but scientists have warned that alcohol shouldn’t be regarded as an effective treatment for depression. So, while it can help to improve your mood if you’re having an off day, it’s important that you don’t come to rely on it. Everything in moderation, of course.

It may help to keep your lungs healthy

Drinking white varieties of wine could help to keep your lungs healthy, says the University at Buffalo. This is because it is believed to contain certain nutrients that help to keep lung tissues in good condition. Research by a team at the university found that, while red wine in moderation has been found to improve heart health, the link between white wine and lung health could be even stronger.

It can reduce your chance of getting the sniffles

Drinking wine could reduce your risk of catching a common cold, research from the American Journal of Epidemiology has found. So if you frequently drink prosecco, you could be protecting yourself against the most common illness among Brits, which smallbusiness.co.uk claims accounted for approximately 34 million lost work days last year.

It’s great for your skin

Studies have shown that prosecco can help to detoxify, plump and smooth out your skin, according to Xtra Wine. As a result, it can help to combat some of the most common signs of ageing. It has also been found to do wonders for people who regularly struggle with breakouts or oily skin. So, why not add the odd glass of prosecco to your current skincare routine?

While I’m sure you didn’t need more reasons to enjoy a glass of your favourite prosecco, you can now go out and enjoy your weekend guilt-free. Just remember that prosecco should always be consumed in moderation, and the benefits discussed here certainly won’t apply if you do go overboard. Happy drinking! (in moderation).

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