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Your Health and Whiskey

After a long day at work, everyone knows that whiskey on the rocks can be a relaxing way to unwind. The buzz that comes with drinking whiskey on the rocks is not the only thing you will enjoy. There are many health benefits to it. Here are five benefits of whiskey for your health, provided you drink responsibly.

1. Whiskey, just like Champagne can lower your chance of developing dementia.

According to a 2003 case study, adults who drank one to six alcoholic drinks per week had a lower chance of developing dementia than those who stayed away from alcohol. The study participants who consumed more than six alcoholic beverages per week fared better than those who drank moderately.

2. It is used as a digestive aid.

If you have nausea from hangovers, the hair of your dog may not be able to help. However, a whiskey can soothe an upset stomach by being drank after eating. Whiskey’s high alcohol makes it a great digestif. It stimulates the stomach’s enzymes which aid in food digestion.

3. Single malt whiskies have more ellagic acids than red wines.

Dr. Jim Swan (a consultant to the drinks sector) stated that scotch whiskey has more ellagic acids (a free-radical combating antioxidant) than red wines in a speech he gave at EuroMedLab 2005. There has been much media coverage about the health benefits of antioxidants found in red wine. He said that malt whisky science has received very little attention.

Research has shown that single malt whiskies have even more health benefits. Why? Why? Single malt whiskies contain more ellagic acids than red wines.

Does he have a biased opinion? It’s possible, but let’s hope an independent body confirms his research as soon as possible.

4. Moderate consumption is linked to a lower risk of stroke.

Harvard University has found that moderate alcohol intake correlates with a 25-40 percent decrease in the risk of stroke and heart disease. The paper’s introduction states that alcohol can be both tonic and poison.

The main difference is in the amount of alcohol consumed. Moderate drinking appears to be healthy for the heart, circulatory system, as well as protecting against type 2 diabetes. In most countries, heavy drinking is a leading cause of death.

5. Moderation is good for the heart and blood vessels.

Although alcohol may help to lower inhibitions, researchers from Toronto found that one alcoholic beverage can actually calm the circulatory system. “Our findings show that one drink, whether it is red wine or alcohol, has a slight positive effect on the heart and blood vessels. Two or more would appear to cause stress to the circulation,” Dr. John Floras from the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and Mount Sinai Hospital Director of Cardiology Research. Remember to enjoy everything in moderation.

6. It can be used to treat the common cold

Whiskey can dilate and widen blood vessels if taken in moderation. It can help with congestion and cold symptoms such as congestion by increasing the movement of your mucus membranes in your sinuses or flushing out any infection. This could explain why Hot Toddies are a traditional home remedy for flu and cold symptoms. Although a little whiskey can help you get a better nights sleep, it is not enough. A lot of whiskey can cause a hangover, which will make it more difficult to get a cold treatment.