12 Shocking Health Benefits Of Whiskey (You Won’t Believe #9!)

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No matter if your preference is for Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Fireball, or Wild Turkey, almost everyone has a favorite whiskey, even if they won’t admit it. Did you know that the demand for whiskey is outpacing the available supply over the past 7 years?  Whiskey used to be the drink of cowboys, construction workers, and other badass types; recently, however, it has become more and more common to see people from all walks of life enjoying a shot of whiskey after work.

Of course, there are always critics who don’t enjoy whiskey. They will label it an “old man’s drink,” or tell you that it has such as strong taste that it’s hard to imagine anyone liking it. Your mother might have even told you that if you enjoyed the taste of whiskey, you must be an alcoholic! What if we told you that you can enjoy that double shot of whiskey and not feel one bit guilty about it? Even more shocking, what if we told you that whiskey (in moderation, of course) is even good for you?

It’s true! Print this article and give it to your mother so you can drink with a clear conscience. Now this doesn’t give you permission to drink half the bottle after work every night, but a shot or two not only will not do you any harm, it’s downright good for you.

Keep reading and find out how a shot of your favorite brand can enhance your health. Cheers!

 

1. Supports Healthy Brain Function

Okay, so everyone knows that if you drink too much with your friends Jack and Jim, your brain will become whiskey-logged. However, did you know that a 2003 study  found that drinking moderate amounts of whiskey reduced your chances of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia? Wow. If that isn’t a reason to start drinking whiskey, tell us what is!

 

2. Helps Avoid Weight Gain

Although whisky might not make you lose 20 or 30 pounds — especially if you drink too much and you keep munching on those free appetizers at the bar — but when compared to almost every other mixed drink and beer, whiskey is a low-calorie, low-sugar choice. This means you can have your whiskey shot after work without having to hit the gym and work off a beer belly later.

 

3. A Safe Bet for Diabetics

If you have diabetes, you can enjoy a shot or two of whiskey and not have to worry about it. Whiskey is very low-sugar, which makes this one drink that you can indulge in and forget about your blood sugar level for a while. There are not too many times in this world when diabetics get to do that, so enjoy!

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4. Supports Heart Health

You might be shaking your head at this one, asking how it can be true, but let us reassure you — it is. Wine, dark beer and whiskey are some of the lonely alcoholic drinks that can claim to be good for your heart. The high levels of antioxidants found in whiskey can help to reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Perhaps that’s why people toast, saying, “To Your Health!”

 

5. Fights Cancer

Although excessive alcohol consumption leads to a much greater risk of cancer, moderate consumption of whiskey, which is rich in antioxidants like ellagic acid, can help to stop your cells from coming into contact with carcinogens and other toxins that can cause mutation. Whiskey is also well known for helping to protect the body from the effects of chemotherapy. Whiskey and cannabis: Now that is a cancer fighting combination everyone can get behind!

 

6. Improves Digestion

Again, we want to impress on you that excessive consumption can cause irreparable damage to your digestive system. However, in moderate amounts, whiskey has long been used as a means of improving digestion. It not only curbs the appetite when consumed after a meal, it can also prevent stomach aches, indigestion, and stop you from overeating.

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7. Reduces The Risk of Stroke

Whiskey helps reduce both bad cholesterol and blood clots, which can greatly lower your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing the walls of the arteries, which encourages better circulation. Nothing warms you up on a cold day like a shot of whiskey!

 

8. Improves Memory

The same health benefits that prevent the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s can help improve your memory as well. (Unless you drink to excess — then you will have senior moments all night regardless of your age!) Whiskey improves blood flow to the brain, sending fresh oxygen and nutrients to the old noggin’, which keeps your memory power in the best shape possible.

 

9. It Lengthens Your Life

We said you wouldn’t believe this one! Listen, whiskey is absolutely loaded with healthy antioxidants and other types of nutrients, which support your immune system. This can help stop you from contracting viruses and diseases. This also helps to stop free radicals from damaging your body on a cellular level, causing premature aging and chronic disease. Not only will whiskey help to keep you free from disease, you will enjoy your longer life much more than if you omit whiskey. Who knew?

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10. Lowers Stress

Isn’t that one of the main reasons for drinking whiskey? Stress relief? Stress is hard on the brain and will run your body ragged if left unchecked. Whiskey calms the nerves and relieves stress, which is the base cause of numerous health problems. A shot or two of whiskey will calm the nerves, relieve stress, and improve circulation. This is one of the main reasons people turn to whiskey after they have had a rough day.

 

11.  Hangover Free (Almost)

Whiskey has got to be one of the best choices when it comes to alcohol for so many reasons, but here is another one: Assuming you are limiting your consumption to only one or two shots, you should avoid any hangover symptoms. Most people find that wine and vodka give them headaches, even in small amounts, while others will tell you that tequila gives you raging headaches and nausea in the morning. Studies have shown that whiskey drinkers have the lowest levels of hangover symptoms. Now there are exception to every rule, and if you are one of those, then by all means, abstain.

 

SEE ALSO: Can Drinking Red Wine Stop High Blood Pressure?

 

12. You Love It

Broccoli and cauliflower are super healthy, but what good do they do if you can’t stand the taste? This is true of any health food or drink. The great thing about whiskey is this: It tastes good! So chances are excellent that, especially now that you know how good a few fingers can be, you will drink it on a regular basis.

Bet you wish you had known about all these benefits earlier so you could have felt more comfortable drinking a shot with Grandma!  You’re welcome.

References:

Alzdiscovery.org

Hsph.harvard.edu

Pubs.niaaa.nih.gov

  • Rev.Right

    I’ll drink to that!

    • nauseateme

      Me too!

  • wolchak

    Although I drink my share of Vodka or a Canadian blend on weekends, I see all these claims as lies, and untrue ! ! !
    What about liver and stomach damage ? And if it helps UR memory, how come U can’t remember acting like a fool last night after drinking ?
    One good thing I do believe, it gets rid of a cold / flu faster, because it renders the germs / viruses drunk and less dehabilitating. LOL ! ! ! P.S., Barkeep, I’ll have a nudder.

  • wolchak

    As to broccoli, ( below ) it promotes nasty ghastly farts as bad as methane gas from cows. Yuck ! ! !