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Excess of anything creates a problem. The same holds true for the drinks we enjoy. While there are adequate reasons detailing the ill-effects of alcohol, there are some benefits to them as well. Humans throughout history were identified by the choice of their drinks. And among them, whisky was considered to be the drink of the hardened and the roughed-up type.
In the earlier days, it was the drink of the cowboys and the construction workers. The connoisseurs of the time called it as the “Old man’s drink” and dismissed its strong taste. But today the drink is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages out there. It is the drink of choice for most people after a hard day’s work. Below are the few benefits of enjoying a quiet shot of whisky every once in a while.
• Whisky supports heart health. Whisky contains high levels of antioxidants that help reduce the risk of a heart attack. The drink also contains antioxidants like ellagic acid. These stop the cells in the body from coming in contact with the carcinogens the body is exposed to. Prolonged exposure to these toxins and carcinogens then causes mutation in the body. Hence when consumed in moderation, whisky will also keep the big C of cancer at bay. Whisky has also been known to help protect the body from the effects of chemotherapy.
• Whisky improves digestion. The image of the drink aiding in digestion is long established in the tradition of digestif. Digestifs are alcoholic beverages enjoyed after a meal that help in the digestion of the food. Whisky will help reduce bad cholesterol and blood clots. This will greatly reduce the risk of having a stroke. Whisky is also a choice that will help you avoid weight gain. When compared to other alternatives like beer; whisky is the low calorie, low sugar drink. The low sugar characteristic also makes it an ideal choice for the diabetics. Diabetics can enjoy a single or a double shot of a whisky without worrying about the blood sugar level.
• Excess consumption of whisky would lead to a brain condition known as whisky-logged. But in moderation studies have proven that the drink reduces the chances of getting an Alzheimer’s. In addition to preventing the development of dementia, the drink improves memory as well.
Whisky will improve the blood flow to the brain, thus sending fresh oxygen and nutrients to it. Care should be taken to keep a tab on the drinks though. For even if we start with the best intentions, most of us the next morning experience a blackout. This blackout is due to excess consumption and is in no way linked to the age of the drinker.
• Whisky will lengthen your life. The antioxidants in whisky will support your immune system. They will stop free radicals from damaging your body at the cellular level. Also, the increased blood flow to the brain will reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Which means you will not only live a long but also a healthy life.
The drink will lower your stress (strict adherence to moderation here). It is also a hangover free drink when compared to the other alternatives. And unlike other healthy food or drinks whose taste one endures for its benefits, whisky and its taste is actually sought out by people.
So remember these points the next time you catch up with friends. Or the next time you have had a long day at work and need an out.
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