SPREAD GOOD CHEER
with healthy Halloween sips
Enjoying a cocktail triggers the release of brain chemicals that can help keep you on your A game. In a study in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, people who sipped one to two alcoholic beverages per day had up to 10 percent more volume in the hippocampus (the brain area that governs emotion and memory) and performed 15 percent better on tests measuring recall.
Eases aches and pains
Anti-inflammatory compounds in alcohol dial down the output of pro-inflammatory proteins that cause soreness and swelling. The proof: In a study in the journal Rheumatology, sipping three cocktails each week helped rheumatoid arthritis patients reduce their joint aches and pains by 30 percent.
Alcohol stimulates thermogenesis, the body’s process of burning calories to generate body heat. A study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that this effect increased subjects’ resting metabolism by 27 percent for 90 minutes.