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The last thing we'd expect to happen after drinking alcohol is for our memory to IMPROVE, but scientists have discovered this can be the case!

Drinking moderate amounts of red wine can actually help to reduce old-age memory decline, according to researchers as Texas A&M University.

It's all down to an antioxidant known as resveratrol found in the skin of red grapes, as well as in peanuts and some berries. 

The discovery was made during a research project which scientists launched to examine how resveratrol can benefit heart health and slow the ageing process. It turns out that resveratrol can also positively benefit the hippocampus, the section of the brain responsible for memory and mood. 

It's thought the antioxidant might even be able to help those suffering for severe conditions like Alzheimer's, in which confusion and memory loss pays a big part. 

Of course, we're not suggesting you start carrying bottles if red wine around with you – just a tiny amount of resveratrol is needed to be beneficial – the amount found in two small glasses of wine.

So next time you have a cheeky Friday evening glass of vino, don't feel TOO bad about it!

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Scientists have been baffled for years over why the French have such low rates of heart disease.

It certainly isn’t anything to do with all those yummy pastries and cheeses!

Their love of red wine was considered a likely factor – but a new study claims to have proven this theory wrong.

Past research has suggested that resveratrol – present in red wine – may help prevent heart disease, have anti-inflammatory effects, and even reduce the risk of cancer.

Taking a further look, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at urine samples from 783 Italians, age 65 and older, who were a part of the Aging in the Chianti Region study.

Researchers tested their urine samples for resveratrol, then followed up with the participants for nine years but found no association between resveratrol levels and cardiovascular disease, cancer, or all-cause mortality.

So does this mean we should ditch the vino?!

Physician nutrition specialist and author of The Calendar Diet, Melina Jampolis, was surprised by the results of the study as she’s not totally convinced red wine isn’t a heart-healthy option.

“Nutrients don’t work in isolation,” she said.  “Heart disease and cancer usually develop over decades, and this study only looked at nine years.”

Jampolis also said that past studies have shown associations between wine consumption and a decreased risk of conditions like prostate cancer, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

The bottom line?

The nutritionist said that while you shouldn’t overdo it, this study is no reason to stop having a daily glass of wine if you fancy it!

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Grey clouds bringing you down? What better way to prepare for the summer ahead, than with some of these delicious sangria recipes.

Classic Sangria
You can’t beat this classic, all you need is a bottle of red, two tbsps. of sugar and of course, chopped fruit of your choice.

Strawberry Sangria
Perfect for the strawberry lovers out there. This recipe requires two cups of strawberries, a bottle of sparkling rose, brandy and some sparkling water to give it some extra kick.

Slushie Sangria
For a perfect a slushie you will need a lot of ice, white wine, orange juice, lime juice, honey and frozen peaches.  Place all of these ingredients in a blender for a yummy slushie result.

Apple Cider Sangria
This reminds us of cooled down version of mulled wine. This sangria recipe requires a bottle of red wine, two tsps. of vodka, chopped apples, 250ml of apple cider/juice and half a tsp. of cinnamon to give it a nice tropical effect.

Pineapple Mojito Sangria
To make this tropical treat you will need one pineapple, pineapple juice, a bottle of white wine, two tbsps. of sugar and 2 tsps. of rum for extra flavour.

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