Whiskey (also know as whisky) is one of the most popular drinks in the world, because of its quality, flavors and price. The word whiskey means “Water of Life” and is derived from the when its done in moderation “Uisge Beatha,” which means “water of life.” That phonetically became “usky,” and eventually was pronounced as “whiskey.” There are lot of health benefits from drinking whiskey when its done in moderation (defined as up to one drink a day for women and two for men). Please remember that what we are talking about is an alcoholic drink and should be take moderately and I definitely do not encourage you should start drinking whiskey if you don’t do it! Whiskey can benefit you when you have a few fingers of the drink during a week.
1. Improves heart health
A shot of whiskey can help increase heart health, according to a study done in 1998. Aside from dark beers and wine, the only other alcoholic drink that can make the claims for benefiting heart health is whiskey! The antioxidants in whiskey not only boosts your good cholesterol but lowers the bad cholesterol, and it also stops it from clogging the arteries, thus reducing the risk of heart attack.
2. Reduces the risk of cancer
Whiskey is know to be rich in antioxidants, particularly the one which is know as “ellagic acid”. This is the compound know to reduce the risks of cancer, as it stop the DNA from coming in contact with carcinogens like nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. It also protects the body against the harmful effects of chemotherapy. This is when whiskey is compared to red wine, single malt whiskeys have more content of ellagic acid, the antioxidant know for its health benefits, then red wine.
3. Reduces the risk of stroke
Whiskey lowers the risk of getting a stroke when consumed in low-t0 moderate quantity. But how does it do that? Whiskey prevents cholesterol from building up in the cardiovascular system and removes the bad cholesterol from the body. It relaxes the artery walls, thus allowing proper blood flow and considerably reducing the risk of stroke.
4. Boosts Memory
Whiskey as we know contains antioxidants which can help improve brain health and alcohol increases circulation in brain, which means your brain gets more blood flow and it stays sharper giving a boost to your memory. Of course when its consumed in low quantity, getting drunk will do no good!
5. Avoids Weight Gain
Whiskey when compared to other alcoholic beverages, like beer and wines and other cocktails, is a low-calorie, fat and cholesterol free drink. It has like 20 calories less than wine and 50 calories less than beer, which means you are consuming less calories compared to those two. Whiskey doesn’t fight weight gain, it just avoids weight gain which you might get on consumption of other alcoholic drinks.
6. Improves digestive health
How many of you knew that whiskey has been used as a digestive aid? It shuts your appetite and prevents you from overeating. It also relaxes your body when consumed after a heavy meal and avoids stomach aches and indigestion.
7. Increases life span
You might be wondering how in the world can whiskey lengthen your life span? Its because whiskey is packed with nutrients and healthy antioxidants which protect your body against diseases and helps prevent the slow break down of important body cells. It improves body’s natural immunity and thus aids in increasing your lifespan.
8. Fights stress
Whiskey increases circulation through out your body, which means body organs get more blood flow and stay oxygenated. It also relaxes your body and calm the nerves which help reduce stress and anxiety. So having a glass of whiskey after a rough day will make you feel relaxed!
9. Improves brain health
“Ellagic Acid” the antioxidant found is whiskey reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by 50% when consumed in low-to-moderate quantity, according to a study conducted in 2003. Although studies have shown that drinking in moderately heavy quantity can increase brain damage and age your brain by 6 years.
10. Fights cold and flu
Whiskey, though may not heal the flu, but acts as an effective tonic and can give temporary relief from the symptoms like sore throats, muscle pain and congestion. It also helps kill the bacteria in the throat.If you are getting sleeplessness and uneasiness due to flu try herbal tea: in a cup of hot water add 1 tablespoon of honey, squeeze half a lemon and add 1 oz of whiskey. You can add few cloves to it if you like. A Carnegie Mellon study showed that low-to-moderate drinkers had lower chances of getting viral infections.
11. Safe for Diabetics
This low-carb and low-sugar drink is a great choice for people suffering from diabetics as this doesn’t affect your blood sugar levels that much (when taken in moderation)!. I would suggest consulting your doctor before taking this or taking medication and shouldn’t be taken on empty stomach.
Drinking too much of alcohol can cause a lot of health issues including early-onset dementia, liver and heart diseases, cancer, and stroke, and affects brain health and causes slow and impaired thinking, movement, and reaction time. “Ellagic acid is a powerful antioxidant but that does not mean it is necessary to hit the bottle.” – Dr Lesley Walker. She also states that there a are lot of fruits out there which are rich in antioxidants and that there are other healthy alternatives for antioxidants rather than reaching for this alcoholic drink! As drink drinking does more harm than good.