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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Drinking Whiskey

Whiskey is the most beloved drink in country music, there’s no doubt about that. Drinking whiskey in the right amounts can have a positive impact on your health, and not just a hangover.
Whiskey is named after the Gaelic word “uisgebeatha”, which means “water” in Gaelic. So raise your glass to toast these 10 potential health benefits.

Weight loss aid
You did read it correctly. Because whiskey is low in carbs, it is the ideal choice for people who are watching their weight. According to the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, a 1991 study found that moderate intake of whiskey increases energy and decreases desire for sugar (sucrose). 64 calories is the equivalent of a shot of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Take a sip of Wild Turkey and put down the beer.

Prevention of cancer
One of the greatest health benefits of whiskey is its high content of ellagic Acid, an antioxidant that can neutralize harmful free radicals in your body. Single malt whiskey has more antioxidants than red wines. They can both have their glass of wine and share the health benefits.

Stroke Prevention
The key to enjoying all the health benefits associated with whiskey is moderation. Due to its blood-thinning qualities, drinking whiskey daily can lower the risk of stroke.

Whiskey helps with common colds
You’ve probably heard that Hot Toddy can be a great way to get rid of a cold. This home remedy has science behind it, unlike many other home remedies. These winter drinks have many of same properties as Nyquil. Whiskey dilates blood vessels to act as a decongestant. Honey, lemon, and herbal Tea have anesthetic properties that can loosen the mucus.

It’s a stress destroyer
You may have been going to the bar after a difficult week at work in an attempt to forget your worries. However, you may not be aware that a shot whiskey can help you relax. The alcohol’s barbiturate properties can reduce stress and help you sleep if anxiety is a problem. This is why whiskey is such a popular choice of nightcap for badasses around the world.

This lowers the chance of developing dementia
It’s possible to forget what you did last night after an evening of heavy drinking. However, a National Center for Biotechnology Information study has shown that having one to six drinks a week can lower your risk of dementia.

It aids in digestion
Many cultures have used whisky as a digestif over the centuries. After a long meal, a Maker’s shot might be what you need to complete the meal.

Helps prevent diabetes
While it is not recommended to consume alcohol for diabetes patients, studies show that moderate alcohol intake over a long period of time can help regulate insulin. This could help reduce your chances of developing type 2. But, excessive drinking can increase your risk.

This can be used to soothe a sore or hurt throat
Perhaps it was the whiskey river that gave Willie her sweet voice. It is certainly great for sore throats. To soothe a sore or aching throat, mix whiskey with warm water and honey. The whiskey acts as an antiseptic, numbing agent to aching tonsils. Honey creates a thick coating that prolongs the healing effects. You can either swallow it whole or you can sip it in small pieces.

You can prolong your life
Research Society on Alcoholism published a study in 2010 that showed middle-aged, older adults who had moderate alcohol consumption, had lower overall mortality rates than heavy drinkers and even non-drinkers. Toast to long life with a glass or two of your favorite uisge beatha!

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