01 NIGHT TO BURN YOUR HEART-AT­TACK RISK WITH A MULLED CIDER

Men's Health (UK) - - Time -

When spec­u­lat­ing as to why our risk of heart prob­lems is so much higher in the win­ter, sci­en­tists have no short­age of sus­pects – lack of sun­light; morn­ing runs cut short by sud­den down­pours; an in­ex­orable urge to fill your face with com­fort food. But now the lat­est re­search has aimed fire at the most sea­sonal of cul­prits: the cold air it­self.

A new study from car­di­ol­o­gists at Swe­den’s Lund Uni­ver­sity has linked chilly out­door tem­per­a­tures to a spike in the num­ber of heart at­tacks. Your body re­sponds to the cold by con­strict­ing its blood ves­sels, which tem­po­rar­ily in­creases ar­te­rial blood pres­sure, and they spec­u­late this ex­tra strain could be to blame for our in­creased vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

But, should you find your­self shiv­er­ing in a damp park on the eve of 5th Novem­ber, you’d do well to re­mem­ber (re­mem­ber) this flavour­some ad­vice: a hot glass of mulled cider is your best de­fence against the el­e­ments. Not only will it foil the cold weather’s health-harm­ing plot, but stud­ies con­ducted by the In­sti­tute of Food Re­search in Nor­wich found the an­tiox­i­dant count in many Bri­tish ciders matches that of red wine, with the nu­tri­ents more rapidly ab­sorbed into the blood­stream than those in fruit. A heart-warm­ing pre­scrip­tion, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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