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Health benefits of Alcohol - World Gin Day

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With World Gin Day on the 8th June, we could give you some amazing Gin recipes to try at home. However, with so many misconceptions on if you should drink alcohol whilst going through your weight loss/ fitness journey, we have decided to look deeper into some of the great benefits Alcholol has to offer.

Moderate alcohol consumption may have some substantial health benefits. It should be noted that alcohol consumption and its benefits vary based on an individual's body makeup and type.

Now, we've all heard the reasons why alcohol is bad for you, but what about the benefits? Here is our list of ways that drinking alcohol in moderation (when you're of the legal drinking age of course) might benefit your health. 

Wine

In the words of UB40 song Red Wine, "Red, red wine, you make me feel so fine.” a bottle of red wine can help with heart disease, immunity, and more. We're not advising to drink during a cold, but getting in the habit of drinking moderately can help prevent one. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the antioxidants in red wine can help you reduce your risk of a cold by a shocking 60 percent.

Sex- Scientists from the University of Western Australia found that wine drinkers experienced lower rates of erectile dysfunction than those who don’t drink. What’s the reason you ask? Well, the heart-healthy antioxidants present in wine deserves all the credit.

Women who drank one to two glasses of vino had heightened sexual desire, compared to ladies who didn’t down any vino, a Journal of Sexual Medicine study found. What makes the elixir so beneficial is a rich antioxidant profile that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. This increases blood flow down south, creating feelings of sexual excitement. 

Beer

With its high calories and reputation as “liquid carbs,” beer seems to be anything but a healthy option at the bar. (Can you say beer belly?) But, research proves that an ice cold brew can do wonders for the body. Tip: just as you would go redder with wine, go darker with beer to reap the benefits.

Beer’s high silicon content is what’s responsible for an increase in bone density, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Moderate beer drinkers who consume 1-2 glasses a day are more likely to have that effect, but surprisingly, it’s women who reap the most benefits. The study reported that postmenopausal women who had two drinks per day saw their bone density increase up to 8.3 percent!  

Spirits

If you’re one who prefers the harder stuff, then you’re in luck! While gin, tequila, and other spirits are known to be stronger in alcohol, sipping on these liquors can help with weight loss, diseases, and even a sore throat. 

Vodka can improve blood circulation, but studies mention that it helps the heart differently from vino. Vodka helps more collateral vessels to develop, which helps connect the heart to the lungs.

Next time you’re stumped with a project, grab a cocktail. Cranberry and vodka can help get your creative juices flowing according to a study from Consciousness and Cognition. Researchers gave a group of men cranberry and vodka until their blood alcohol content reached 0.75 percent while the other group stayed sober and then asked them to complete a verbal puzzle while watching a movie. The men who boozed won the game! They solved the puzzle in 11.5 seconds while the teetotalers finished in 15.2 seconds.

While wine can reportedly help prevent a cold, this quick fix might help if one still strikes you down. To reap the benefits of alcohol during chillier months, mix whisky with warm water and honey, and you’ll find temporary relief to a sore throat. 

Please remember to drink responsibly 

 

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