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11 Health Benefits You Could Be Getting From That Glass Of Whiskey

NOVEMBER 14, 2016  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

I know we talk a lot about wine around here, but I love to drink whiskey.

It's my airport go-to. A honey whiskey on the rocks while I wait during a layover is one of my favorite things in the world. Little did I know that my guilty pleasure is actually healthy! Here are 11 health benefits to drinking whiskey, but remember to drink responsibly. Without moderation, you won't get these benefits.

1. Improved memory.

Inside whiskey are antioxidants that can help improve brain function. Alcohol also improves blood circulation, which is related to how our brains work.

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2. Stress relief.

It's important to note that stress relief is only achieved in moderation.

3. Keeping the weight off.

If you like to drink but are looking for a low-calorie solution that fits into your diet, whiskey might be for you.

4. Reduced risk of stroke.

Whiskey has properties that prevent cholesterol from building up in your heart. It also reduces inflammation of arteries, which can cause blockage.

5. Reduced risk of cancer.

Once again, antioxidants save the day. Ellagic acid stops some DNA from being in contact with compounds that cause cancer.

6. Digestive help.

Drink some whiskey after a heavy meal to aid in the digestive process.

7. Longer lifespan.

Antioxidants in whiskey prevent free radicals from entering your body, which slows down the aging process.

8. A good choice for diabetics.

Whiskey has no carbs, which means it won't raise your blood sugar. As always, consult with a doctor if you are diabetic and wish to drink whiskey.

9. Improved heart health.

All the same benefits of drinking red wine apply to whiskey when it comes to cardiovascular health!

10. Improved brain health.

Thanks to ellagic acid, whiskey reduces chances of getting Alzheimer's and dementia when consumed moderately.

11. Prevent and treat the flu.

Whiskey can be used as a cough syrup and kill throat bacteria. Add some to hot water with lemon for a good drink when you've got a cold.

Check out this video, which digs even deeper into these health benefits.

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Well, I know what I'm doing tonight. Stay healthy out there, drink responsibly, and bottoms up!

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