10 Surprising Benefits of Drinking Whiskey

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Whiskey is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world, thanks to its distinct flavors and the fact that it’s the least likely to give you a hangover. Add that to the fact that it can actually have several positive effects on your health, when consumed responsibly and in moderation, and you've got yourself an obvious success story.

So raise your glass to these 10 health benefits of whiskey!

1. Weight loss aid

Yes, you read that right. Because whiskey is a low-carb drink compared to its counterparts, it makes it the perfect choice if you’re on a diet but still want a drink.

2. Good for your heart

Drinking whiskey actually helps your heart stay healthy, similarly to red wine. It reduces the risk of blood clots, thus it can prevent strokes and heart attacks. The antioxidants in the whiskey also inhibit the oxidation of low density lipoprotein - a main factor in heart disease.

3. Cancer prevention

Another great health benefit of whiskey is its high concentration of ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize cancer-causing free radicals in the human body. Single malt whiskey is said to contain more antioxidants than red wine. So she can be his glass of wine, and he can be her shot of whiskey, and they’ll both reap the health benefits.

4. Improves brain health

A 2003 study found that, thanks to the antioxidant qualities of the ellagic acid, moderate consumption of whiskey reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and also improves cognitive functions. Basically, one drink a day will keep the brain doctor away.

5. Stroke prevention

Because of its blood-thinning properties, a daily shot of whiskey can lower a person’s risk of ischemic (clot-caused) stroke. Whiskey  prevents cholesterol from accumulating in the cardiovascular system and also relaxes the walls of the arteries, reducing the risk of obstruction.

6. Stress relief

In moderation, whisky can reduce stress and calm the nerves. The combination of slowing down brain activity and increasing circulation (which helps provide the body with oxygenated blood), are essential for achieving tranquility.

7. Memory Boost

Whiskey contains antioxidants that help improve the health of the brain. Additionally, alcohol boosts blood circulation, both of which contribute to good memory.

8. Aids digestion

For centuries, whiskey was considered to be a digestive aid, to be consumed after a heavy meal. Whiskey's composition and high alcohol percentage also make it an effective appetite suppressant.

9. Prolong Your Life

A 2010 study released by the Research Society on Alcoholism found that moderate drinkers had a lower overall mortality rate than heavy drinkers or even non-drinkers.

The antioxidants in whisky help fight free radicals – the number one cause of aging, as well as prevent various diseases.

10. Diabetic-Friendly

Containing zero carbs, whiskey won’t affect blood sugar levels, making it the number one choice for diabetics. However, it should be in moderation and never on an empty stomach. Consult your doctor before drinking.

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