Right, before we go any further I feel I really should point out that I am not some nutcase that promotes drinking alcohol in any way!
This article is covering the health benefits of drinking whiskey – benefits most of you did not know about.
If you decide to go out and hit up a bottle of scotch tonight then you REALLY have missed the point of this article…
Alcoholism and binge drinking are both very bad news for your overall health, and can undo any possible positive motions that moderate amounts of whiskey can impart.
Please keep that in mind before reading the remainder of the article…
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The Whiskey Files
I get that there are countless different images that come to mind when thinking about whisky…health articles certainly ain’t one of them right?
Clint Eastwood slamming back a tumbler before taking out a group of Hard-drinking cowboys in an old western setup or Al Capone smuggling crates through a police barricade…sounds a better fit really doesn’t it?
Most people have a sort of love/hate relationship with this spirit – some love it’s warmth whilst others gag and shiver at the slightest sniff of the drink…
…But if everyone knew the truth about the health benefits that it contains, maybe more people would turn away from the pint of beer?
Whiskey and Nutrition
First off the bat – let’s take a closer look at the nutritional values of whiskey!
Whiskey is actually really low in levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates. At the end of the day there’s not really that much going on inside this golden liquid…well…other than alcohol of course! 🙂
When looking at Whiskey and nutrition we need to be zooming in on its organic compounds.
Whiskey has high amounts of the very powerful antioxidant ellagic acid. This acid is responsible for a majority of the health benefits of Whiskey.
When I usually throw weight loss and alcohol in the same article I’m probably bleating on about fat beer belly’s and ruined muscle tone due to excessive alcohol…but not today!
The key to drinking alcohol and staying healthy is moderation – drinking in moderation (especially whiskey) should not impact your overall weight.
Contrary to popular belief – whiskey contains no fat whatsoever and also has really low levels of sodium.
Of course, it does contain calories and carbohydrates but these come from the actual alcohol not the additives to the drink! These types of simple sugars are rapidly broken down by the body so they can be used for energy.
Recent studies have concluded that Whiskey can increase your cognitive performance, therefore, cutting the chances of you getting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Of course, alcohol is never going to be given as a treatment towards the two but the ellagic acid is known to be brilliant at taking on the Free Radicals in the body.
Free Radicals have been linked to messing about with the neural pathways, this is thought to increase the effects of dementia.
NOTE: So Whiskey can combat the slow decline towards dementia – but only in MODERATION. Drinking a bottle a night may well feel like great fun but it will actually kill brain cells NOT help them!
The older our bodies get the more lazy and lackluster our various organ systems get…this unfortunately includes our cardiovascular system.
Recent studies have come to the conclusion that those of us that consume a moderate and sensible amount of whiskey have almost a 50% lower chance of coming across a stroke or heart attack in their lives.
Remember – the key phrase once again is MODERATION. I cannot stress this firmly enough! Consuming large amounts of alcohol is definitely NOT a holiday experience for your heart!
Cancer needs no introduction – globally it is one of the biggest killers known to man! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there seems to be a large rise in cancer infomercials these days on TV – this is for a reason.
As a species we are desperately trying to find new ways to slow the disease down and eventually (hopefully) find a lasting cure.
We’ve already mentioned the high content of ellagic acid in whiskey in this article a number of times – that is for a reason.
Ellagic acid really is one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds that we can put in our bodies.
As we touched on earlier on in the article – this type of acid battles against (or neutralizes) Free Radicals. These Free Radicals are very harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that lead to all sorts of diseases in our bodies.
An example of some of these diseases are cancer, premature aging, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Does Whiskey Have Health Benefits?
More recent studies have also revealed that whiskey can combat blood clots, give your immune system a boost and aid diabetes control.
Now, lets get one thing straight here!
I know I’m starting to sound like I’m repeating myself but I feel this is a very important point – especially with an article like this!
I am not a doctor and I am not promoting the use of alcohol for medical purposes – the articles I publish are based on legitimate studies and a bit of hard research on my side.
If you read my About Me page you will see where I’m coming from!
Drinking alcohol is fine – in MODERATION.
Most of us lead pretty hectic lives and need to let off steam every now and again. Just make sure the party ends when it’s supposed to! 🙂