Can drinking wine keep flu away?

As we head out of summer and into flu season, it’s always worth keeping an eye out for any kind of remedy for the sniffles. Ideal Wine Company review if wine will help to keep the flu away this winter.

While you might reach for the paracetamol and cough medicine when you’re struck down by the symptoms of flu, it seems that there is another potential remedy that could be more fun.

New research shows that the best medicine could be either in your wine rack or in your favourite cup of tea.

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Can wine prevent the flu?

Flavanoids fight infection

The study was overseen by scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine and published in the journal, Science. Results show that a common compound found in foods including black tea, red wine and blueberries appears to help gut bacteria fight off infections and, in turn, helps to prevent severe flu.

The scientists tested their findings on mice and found that the flavonoids found in these common products work with a specific gut micriobiome. It’s called clostridum oribiscidens and creates a metabolite that can boost the response of the immune system.

A quicker return to health

These immune boosting flavonoids can reduce the impact of flu symptoms and reduce the time it takes to get back to full health.

The study’s lead author, Ashley Steed, says: “For years, flavonoids have been thought to have protective properties that help regulate the immune system to fight infections.

“Flavonoids are common in our diets, so an important implication of our study is that it’s possible flavonoids work with gut microbes to protect us from flu and other viral infections. Obviously, we need to learn more, but our results are intriguing.”

No research on humans yet

Tempting as it is to get hold of your favourite bottle of red when you next have symptoms of a cold or flu, it should be noted that tests are yet to be carried out on humans.

Therefore, the true effect that red wine, tea and blueberries have on your gut bacteria or the flu you’re suffering from is far from certain. Either way, they’re unlikely to do you any harm as long as they’re consumed in moderation.

If you’re suffering from winter flu then it could be advisable to stick to the black tea and forgo the wine altogether – at least until more concrete evidence comes in!

Can Drinking One Glass of Wine Make You More Attractive?

The results of a new scientific study are about to prompt the Ideal Wine Company to ask a question we never thought we’d ever be inspired to ask. Can drinking one glass of wine make you more attractive?

Wine is great for your health

As a provider of fine wines from around the planet at prices you’re destined to love, the Ideal Wine Company has heard every health-related wine myth in existence.

We’ve been told time and time and time again that red wine is fantastic for your health because it contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a wonder-anti-oxidant which apparently has the ability to move heaven and earth as far as your physical fitness is concerned. Yet we never thought we’d hear that wine can make you more attractive as well.

Study proves wine makes someone more attractive

Your eyes may have done a double-take but we’re deadly serious. And we’re not talking about the infamous ‘beer-goggle’ affect one experiences after a glass or two of alcohol either. The Daily Mail recently reported that a study at Bristol University proves that a glass of wine (or any alcohol) makes you more attractive.

The study asked 40 students to drink various amount of alcohol. They photographed each students face three times; sober, after one alcoholic drink then after two. Then they put the headshots in front of their sober counterparts and asked them to judge which photo was the most attractive The photos taken after one drink were rated as more attractive than their sober counterparts, however it was the sober pictures that came out on top when compared with the snaps of the students after two drinks.

Why were people more attractive after one glass of wine?

The study’s senior researcher, Marcus Munafò, went on to suggest why the study proved that people are more attractive after one drink than when they’re sober. He mused that it could have been because alcohol relaxes the face and provides your cheeks with a rosy glow, traits we associate with healthy people.

The professor went on to point out “that obviously doesn’t mean that alcohol is healthy,” elaborating that “what it means is that alcohol is sort of hijacking that mechanism, or promoting the aspects of facial features that we regard as attractive for other reasons.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

We’re not quite sure what to make of this. Apparently yes, wine can make you more attractive but this study shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Either way, it can’t hurt to crack open a bottle of Ideal Wine Company’s finest Bordeaux the next time your partner comes round for a quiet night in!