It turns out our favourite Italian white may actually bring us good health, with studies revealing a number of potential health benefits to drinking Prosecco on a weekly basis. While it goes without saying that drinking too much is bad for our health, keep these benefits in mind next time a friend tempts you with a glass or two. Find out how many calories Prosecco has.

Bottega Gold Non Vintage Prosecco

Bottega Gold Non Vintage Prosecco

Amazing and very tasty Prosecco in a beautiful bottle.

It can be good for your heart & blood pressure

Research conducted at the University of Reading revealed that Prosecco contains polyphenols, which are plant chemicals loaded with antioxidant properties. These polyphenols help to lower your blood pressure and increase your circulation, reducing your chances of having a stroke and giving your heart a health boost.

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Polyphenols slow down the removal of nitric oxide from our blood, meaning it has more time to act on blood vessels and therefore improves blood flow. This increased blood flow decreases both blood pressure and the likelihood of clots forming, which means you are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease or strokes.

Prosecco can literally enhance your mood

Tran Ky says in The Healing Power of Champagne that sparkling wine contains natural trace elements of zinc, magnesium, and potassium. All of these elements have been proven to boost our moods. This may very well explain the famous ‘Prosecco high’.

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It can help prevent respiratory issues

Studies show that Prosecco is actually good for our respiratory systems. Similar to other varieties of white wine, Prosecco is actually believed to keep lung tissues healthy.

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Research from the University of Buffalo suggested that the anti-oxidants in whites like Prosecco can stop the creation of harmful molecules known as free radicals, which can wreak havoc in lung tissue.

It enhances sexual pleasure

That’s right. Prosecco can help you climax, according to the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Research showed that women who drink one to two glasses enjoy heightened sexual desire, once again thanks to the antioxidants present.

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Nitric oxide production is triggered in the blood, relaxing artery walls and increasing blood flow, enhancing feelings of sexual pleasure.

It can be good for your memory

While too much of any alcohol drink can be bad for our memory (at least on the night that we drink it), it turns out Prosecco could actually be good for our cognitive functions.

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Research from The University of Reading has shown that drinking one or two glasses a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing.

It can lower the risk of diabetes

A 2009 study in Canada revealed that all wines can lower your risk of diabetes by an impressive 13%, but do warn that people who already have diabetes should take care when drinking alcohol.

It can even help prevent cancer

Back to those flavonoids with antioxidant properties. These little gems can actually help prevent cancer. In fact, according to a study from the University of Barcelona, white wines may have a higher antioxidant capacity than red wines.

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If you want to boost the flavonoid content of your glass, throw in an antioxidant-rich strawberry or two.

It can help protect you from catching a cold

While it’s never wise to drink alcohol when you’re ill, drinking a glass of Prosecco could ward against getting sick in the first place, one study shows. The antioxidants in Prosecco can apparently reduce your chances of getting the sniffles by a whopping 60%.

It’s great for your skin

Another shout out to those wonderful antioxidants. Studies have repeatedly proven that they detoxify and plump your skin, and it’s particularly good for people who suffer from oily skin, or people who suffer from breakouts of spots on a regular basis.

While this is all fantastic news for Prosecco lovers, it’s important to note that health professionals advise on drinking just a glass or two per week to reap the health benefits, while more than a glass a day may send you in the other direction.

Bottega Gold Non Vintage Prosecco

Bottega Gold Non Vintage Prosecco

Amazing and very tasty Prosecco in a beautiful bottle.