6 Surprising Ways Whiskey Is Actually Good for Your Health
Everyone knows whiskey on the rocks is a choice way to relax after a long day at the office. But even better than the buzz is the expanding list of health benefits attributed to knocking one back. So long as your imbibe in moderation, here are five ways whiskey is actually good for your health.
1. Much like Champagne, whiskey can help lower your risk of dementia.
A 2003 case study reported that adults who consumed one to six alcoholic beverages a week showed a significantly lower risk of dementia than those who abstained from alcohol. It should also be noted that the moderate drinkers also fared better than study participants who had more than six alcoholic drinks a week.
2. It serves as a digestion aid
3. Single malt
whiskies contain more ellagic acid than red wine.
In a speech at the EuroMedLab conference in 2005, Dr. Jim Swan, who, granted, is a consultant to the drinks industry, reported that whiskey contains more ellagic acid (a free-radical fighting antioxidant) than red wine. "There has been much in the news about the health benefits of antioxidants in red wine. By contrast, very little has been said about malt whiskey distillery science," he said.
"However, research has shown that there are even greater health benefits to people who drink single malt
Is his opinion biased? For sure, but here's hoping an independent body validates his research ASAP.
4. There's a connection between moderate consumption and a lowered risk of stroke
"The difference lies mostly in the dose. Moderate drinking seems to be good for the heart and circulatory
5. Drinking in moderation benefits the heart and blood vessels
6. It can help cure the common cold
In moderation, whiskey can dilate or widen your blood vessels. This helps with cold symptoms like congestion, by allowing more movement of the
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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.