Throughout the years, drinking alcohol (in moderation) can prove to have various health benefits. Whisky in particular has been perceived to have a range of benefits. Obviously drinking too much whisky, or any other kind of alcohol, can have more health problems than benefits, therefore you should only have the recommended unit amount of alcohol stated. Whilst you wouldn’t want to crack open a bottle of your rare malt whisky, the quality is higher and can offer more health benefits. Here we have the top 5 benefits to drinking whisky.
1. Whisky can help lower the risk of Dementia
A study carried published by the National Institute of Health in 2003 showed that adults who consumed between 1 to 6 alcoholic drinks a week showed a more significant lower risk of dementia than those who do not consume alcohol at all. The study also showed that moderate drinkers who drank more than 6 alcoholic beverages a week fared better, however, there were other health risks with this.
2. Whisky can lower the risk of heart disease
Studies published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Harvard University and the European Heart Journal all research and concluded that a moderate amount of alcohol with the maximum seven small glasses of whisky a week will help reduce to some degree the risk of heart disease and heart failure. The European Journal tested the antioxidant levels of a group of nine men after they drank wine, rare malt whisky and a “new spirit.” They discovered that the rare single malt proved to have the largest concentrations of antioxidants.
3. Whisky can help fight cancer
As stated above whisky has been proved to have more antioxidants than wine. It also contains more ellagic acid which helps absorb rogue cells in the body. This same acid is also found in fruit.
4. Whisky has no carbs, fat and almost no sugar
Whisky does not contain any carbohydrates, fat and is very low in sugar. This makes it an ideal choice for diabetics than other forms of alcohol as it barely changes the levels of blood glucose. The previous Harvard study mentioned above finds that alcohol in moderate quantities can even protect you against type-2 diabetes. It is also a gluten free spirit due to the distillation process. When you taste a sweet whisky this comes from the other oils and compounds in the whisky, not the sugar which also applies to whiskies with artificial colouring from caramel (which also occurs in rare malt whisky) which adds an imperceptible amount of sugar.