It's the most wonderful time of the year - the holiday season, which means that most of us give ourselves a little more pampering and indulgence than we normally do. As you should! From the perspective of many, the whole idea is to welcome the new year rested and with a fresh new perspective. Speaking of indulgences, there is nothing like a little mulled wine to lift your spirits and create a festive and warm, atmosphere with friends. This year, instead of the traditional pinot noir, eggnog or spiced rum, you may want to opt for mulled wine. Believe it or not, it's an extremely healthy alternative to many holiday spirits. Healthy and alcohol in the same sentence… is it a Christmas miracle?
Well, you may or may not be familiar with the fact that red wine is a potent antioxidant, extremely effective when it comes to cardiovascular health. In addition, it has been found to reduce oxidative stress, as well as inflammation, according to a 2010 study. However, in our special mulled wine recipe, we’ve decided to take this already delicious hot drink to the next level and pack it with all the extra benefits of Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides Powder offers. Now, before you start imagining bone-broth in your wine, let’s make one thing perfectly clear: Amandean's Collagen Peptides is both soluble and flavourless, which means that it will not alter your delicious holiday recipe in any way.
But, why add something flavorless into mulled wine? That’s a great question. Well, here’s another intriguing fact you may not know: mulled wine and collagen make an unbeatable combination when it comes to health. Likely, health benefits don’t usually come to your mind when alcohol is involved, but in this case, they are plenty.
While collagen is packed with essential amino acids, red wine contains several antioxidants, which not only fight damaging compounds - free radicals, but also have a potential role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Various studies have established the importance of antioxidants in the reduction of cholesterol, which forms blockages disrupting the bloodstream. Adding a premium Collagen Peptides supplement into mulled wine significantly increases the chance of lowering cholesterol levels since collagen on its own has similar effects. Needless to say, a consistent intake of collagen in the body is of enormous importance, affecting the health of our digestive system, connective tissues, skin, hair, nails, tendons, ligaments, and even our sleep quality.
Boosting your immunity should be a priority all year long, regardless of the season. Think of your immune system as the guard at the gates of your health; the most important weapon you have when it comes to fighting off intruders, from a harmless cold to more serious infections. According to studies, properties called flavonoids found in red wine can protect you from infections and improve your immunity. Collagen doesn’t lack in immunity-boosting properties either, which is yet another reason to put it on the top of the ingredient list for your mulled wine.
Detoxification usually calls for the absence of alcohol, but not in this case. You can still enjoy your mulled wine if you’re trying to get rid of toxins in the body, especially those built up in your kidneys and liver. Research shows that nutmeg added to mulled wine recipes could even prevent the formation of kidney stones due to its detoxifying properties. In addition, collagen doesn’t fall too far behind, due to its powerful constituent - glycine, which has the potential to detoxify and even reduce damage to the liver. Do you see how your mulled wine with an addition of Grass-Fed Collagen powder has quickly evolved from a guilty pleasure to a healthy elixir? We do!
Without collagen, the body’s ligaments, joints, and tendons would lose their flexibility and strength as we age, which could easily result in injuries. Collagen is not only a bodily constituent but a fuel which allows the body to preserve its youthfulness and agility. The bad news is that collagen is a luxury our body no longer allows us to produce in the same quantities after a certain period of time. Hence, why a high-bioavailability Collagen Supplement is necessary. Glycine and proline, two prominent amino acids found in collagen, play an anti-inflammatory role when it comes to this area of the body, reducing pain and increasing mobility. Anti-inflammatory properties can be enhanced in your mulled wine and collagen cocktail if you decide to top it with cinnamon. Apart from potentially reducing inflammation, cinnamon also adds a pleasantly spicy note which, in our opinion, is what will take your mulled wine to the next level.
Collagen protein can be found in skin, nails, and hair, but unfortunately, it is not immune to the attacks of free radicals, or the aging process. Collagen supplementation, on the other hand, can help you age more gracefully, aiding in the youthfulness of skin, nails, and hair, as well as preventing further damage. When it comes to red wine, it can contribute in this area as well, thanks to its cell-reparation characteristics and free radical-fighting ingredient, resveratrol.
Let’s get our mulled wine on!
- 1 bottle of dry red wine of your choice (Try Biodynamic or Organic Wine!)
- 6 scoops of our Premium Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
- 8 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Mulling spices of your choice (we recommend nutmeg and anise)
- Sweetener (optional; you can use maple syrup or honey to taste)
Combine all the ingredients including Grass-Fed Collagen Peptide powder in a pot and cook over medium-high heat for one minute (be careful not to let it boil).
Simmer for up to 3 hours over medium-low heat (optional, but allows all the spices to release their flavors).
Serve warm with garnishes of your choice (additional cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges are some of the options, but don’t let me limit your imagination).
Gravitating towards healthier choices doesn’t mean that you have to abstain from the indulgences you love the most. Adding an easy-to-mix Collagen Powder to a holiday cocktail like mulled-wine is the perfect way to enhance its natural health benefits and offer your guests a more nourishing option in contrast to most holiday drinks.
As always, when it comes to booze, let's not forget that hangovers are a possible side if you drink too much! Don't think you were getting out of that one;)
Have a wonderful holiday season, and enjoy your collagen-infused mulled wine!