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A Glass of Whiskey a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Picture this. You’re at your annual check-up at your doctor’s office. Your doctor says everything looks great, he just wants you to start taking this medication. It has wonderful preventative properties and has no fat, no carbs, and almost no sugar. This medicine is to be taken orally at 5’oclock every night. He hands you the script, one word scribbled on the page: “whiskey”.  

That’s right, whiskey (when drunken moderately) can have serious health benefits. During the Prohibition in the 1920s, whiskey was legal to import into the USA because it was considered a medicine, not a liquor. It was sold in pharmacies alongside the other “tonics”.

Grace Jones attributes her ripe old age-110! - to drinking a glass of Famous Grouse blend every night for the last 60 years. The mother-of-one, who lives in in Great Britain, said: ‘I never miss my night cap. All I have is the whisky at night. ‘Whisky is very good for you. I started having a nightly tot of it when I turned 50 so I’ve been having it every night for the last 60 years and I certainly have no intention of stopping now.’

First, whiskey have as many antioxidants as wine, antioxidants like ellagic acid which helps absorb rogue cells in the body. This helps to fight cancer, according to Jim Swan, the “Einstein of Whiskey”.

Second, whiskey lowers the risk of dementia. A study from the 2003 National Institute of Health says that sdults who drank one to six glasses of whiskey a week were half as likely to suffer dementia as non-drinkers or heavy drinkers (a fact that was seconded by a 2011 German study). It really is true that anything is good in moderation.  

Third, separate studies in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard University, and the European Heart Journal all come to the same conclusion: A moderate amount of alcohol - maximum seven small glasses of whisky a week - will reduce to some degree the risk of heart disease and heart failure. The antioxidant levels in single malt whiskey were found to be the highest.

As we previously said, whiskey has no fat, no carbs, and almost no sugar. It is the best choice for those with diabetes as it barely changes the levels of blood glucose. The previously mentioned Harvard study also finds that alcohol in moderate quantities might even protect against type-2 diabetes. Whisky is also gluten-free, due to the distillation process. The sugars are added in by the artificial coloring from caramels.

Lastly, whiskey is good for colds, something that is already well-known in Scotland. Remember grandma’s hot toddies? It’s whisky mixed with hot water, lemon, and honey. According to science (Dr. William Schaffner, Chairman of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt University), the alcohol dilates the blood vessels, making it easier for mucus membranes to deal with the infection.

The next time you’re feeling guilty about your happy hour vice- don’t! Drinking whiskey is moderation has proven health benefits. A glass of whiskey a day can keep the doctor away!

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Source: Forbes

Felipe Schrieberg

June 30th