First For Women



Rev metabolism

Alcohol stimulates thermogene­sis, a heat-producing process in the body that can increase calorie burn by 27 percent for up to 90 minutes. The payoff: Researcher­s at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that sipping a cocktail or two daily can reduce the risk of weight gain by up to 70 percent.

Sharpen thinking

An occasional cocktail keeps you on your A-game, thanks to alcohol’s ability to promote the generation of new neurons. In fact, research in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias found that people who regularly imbibe have up to 10 percent more volume in their hippocampu­s (the area of the brain critical for memory) and perform 15 percent better on recall tests than teetotaler­s.

Ease aches and pains

Anti-inflammato­ry compounds in alcohol neutralize the proteins that trigger joint soreness and swelling. In a study in the journal Rheumatolo­gy, this effect helped rheumatoid arthritis patients who drank three cocktails a week reduce their aches and pains by 30 percent.

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