I’m no doctor, but I’ve been telling people for years that whiskey is good for you. Is a whole bottle of it at once good for you? Maybe. Maybe not. Like I said, I’m not a doctor. In moderation, I believe it’s practically a cure-all. Hell, back in the day, they used it as medicine. If you didn’t stock up on a couple barrels of it before you left Independence on The Oregon Trail, you were a nerd and people probably stole your lunch money. Aside from being downright good for the soul, whiskey actually has a lot of beneficial properties in terms of individual health and wellbeing.
One of my pledge brothers used to swear that the cure for the common cold was Jameson mixed with Mountain Dew, and he was pre-med — or business or something. Whatever, you’d take his advice if you knew him. In all seriousness, there’s evidence to suggest that whiskey, which is packed full of a variety of antioxidants, can aid in boosting heart health by limiting cholesterol buildup, can help fight cancer, and can retard the breakdown of key cells in the body, thus lengthening one’s overall lifespan.
From The Luxury Spot:
Boost Heart Health – Not only will whiskey reduce the risk of blood clots, but it will lower your stroke and heart attack risk as well.
Fight Cancer — Ellagic acid in whiskey stops your body’s DNA from coming in contact with cancer-causing compounds, reducing the risk of carcinogens forming.
Lengthen Lifespan — By protecting your body against disease, you prevent the slow breakdown of important cells in your body–thereby helping you to live longer.
Additionally, whiskey is known to aid in digestion, which is why it is often served as an after-dinner drink or digestif. It is also a good choice for those watching their blood sugar and, compared to other spirits, it’s relatively low in calories, making it a solid option for those trying to lose weight. Whiskey can even help reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. I’m telling you, it’s a damn miracle elixir.
Aid in Digestion — Best of all, it will aid in digestion, reducing your risk of stomach ache or indigestion after a heavy meal.
Great for Diabetics — Whiskey is a zero-carb alcohol, so you can drink it without worrying about the effect it will have on your blood sugar levels.
Avoid Weight Gain – Whiskey is a low-calorie alcohol, especially when compared to the many cocktails, beers, and wines you can find on supermarket shelves.
As many of you probably know, a few fingers of the good stuff can help reduce stress. It goes further than that, though — drinking whiskey also helps you keep your blood pressure under control, and it even helps to reduce the risk of stroke.
Fight Stress — Whiskey helps to reduce anxiety and stress, calming your nerves and helping to relax your body.
All that aside, there is one benefit of drinking whiskey that many of you may not believe. Whiskey actually helps your memory. Obviously, getting blackout, shithoused drunk doesn’t, but the antioxidants in whiskey aid in improving the overall health of your brain and help you to keep your memory sharp — provided you drink it in moderation, of course.
Boost Memory — he antioxidants in whiskey can help to improve the health of your brain, and the circulation-boosting effects of this alcohol will boost your memory at the same time.
When you think about it, all this makes sense. After all, the origin of the word “whiskey,” uisce beatha, means “water of life.” I’ll drink to that. Here’s to good health..
[via The Luxury Spot]