Alcohol has a bad reputation, and Jamie Foxx’ song ‘blame it on the alcohol’ gives credence to that.
From reckless acts to texts you wish you never sent, to hangovers that can last for days, there are many reasons to abhor alcohol — but it’s not all bad.
Today, we’re going to focus on whiskey, the distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash.
Here are five health benefits of whiskey you probably never knew.
Studies have actually shown that whiskey can successfully boost your cognitive performance and reduce your chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Whiskey can reduce mental decline and improve our quality of life as we get older. This only works when consumed in moderation as too much alcohol kills brain cells and does the exact opposite of protecting the cognitive activity.
Protects heart health
A study found that those who consume a moderate amount of whiskey on a regular basis have almost a 50% lower chance of experiencing a stroke or heart attack.
Whiskey has an extremely high level of ellagic acid, one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds that we can consume.
An antioxidant is a compound that neutralises free radicals, the harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that cause a wide range of diseases, including cancer, heart diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature ageing.
Ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant, makes whiskey a very effective preventative measure against cancer.
Reduces internal blood clotting
Blood clotting is important when you are wounded so that you stop losing blood. If your blood clots at key junctures in your blood vessels or arteries, it can be disastrous.
Whiskey is a blood-thinner, so it significantly lowers your chances of excess clotting.
It also increases the amount of HDL cholesterol, which counteracts the effects of LDL cholesterol, further protecting your heart.
A moderate amount of whiskey can significantly improve your body’s ability to regulate insulin and glucose levels, thereby lowering the possibility of developing diabetes.
Note: Abuse of alcohol can easily undo any of its amazing benefits so consume small to moderate amounts of whiskey for the best results.