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The 14 Health Benefits of Drinking Gin

09 February 2019 | 0 comments | Posted by Che Kohler in Masterchefs

Health Benefits from drinking gin

Having a drink has long been seen as a vice, and in many cultures and parts of the world, it is still looked on unfavourably. The call for libations is often associated with overindulgence, which is not a blanket rule mind you

Everyone has their reasons for taking a drink; some use it to unwind, some enjoy the taste, others use it as social protocal or merely to have a good time. Whatever your reason for alcohol consumption it will always be seen as a guilty pleasure due to the adverse effects it can have on a healthy body. The results of drinking alcohol are notably weight gain, liver issues, dehydration, bloating and a whole lot more.

It's not all bad news

Recent studies have shown, however, that Gin isn't your average spirit and has some surprising health benefits that drinkers may not have known. The secret to Gins ability to beneficial to the human body is in its ingredients, which some have labelled super berries. 

So what exactly can gin do for you that other spirits cant? Check out our list of why drinking gin, in moderation, could have some surprising health benefits. 

1. Gin contains fewer calories than other spirits

You will have a happier and slimmer waistline since gin is one of the least calorific spirits with 97 calories per shot, according to Livestrong

2. Gin helps with digestion

Juniper berries used to make gin helps increase the number of enzymes used to break down food, helping with digestion. 

3. Drinking gin also means less bloating

Since juniper is a diuretic, it increases urine output and therefore stops water retention. If you're having issues with bloating, or urinary tract infections, gin may be able to help flush out the toxins.

4. Gin helps with arthritis pain & bones

The juniper super berry was a traditional remedy for the suffering of conditions like arthritis and rheumatism. Many gin drinkers insist that gin-soaked raisins can reduce inflammation.

5. It can help fight off coughs

The oils contained in juniper berries can aid in alleviating coughs by expelling the mucus in the throat, which helps reduce lung congestion. 

Gin can may also be combined with many different herbs and ingredients such as ginger, which will help to soothe a sore throat.

7. Gin used as a pain killer

Since it is very much an alcoholic beverage, it can be used to reduce pain and as mentioned earlier inflammation. In the Middle Ages, gin was used for medicinal purposes as a painkiller way before we had prescription medication.

8. Juniper berries are super berries.

The word "gin" actually derives from the older English word genever and the Latin word for juniper, Juniperus. Gin is the most natural spirit as its main ingredient is, of course, juniper berries. These super berries are jam-packed with infection-fighting qualities as they are warming, stimulating and disinfecting.

9. G&T also helps keep mosquitoes at bay

The quinine in the tonic water is a deterrent to mosquitoes. Gin is added to the water to make the drink taste better.

10. Gin is great for your skin

The more antioxidants you're able to ingest the fewer wrinkles so here's your chance to switch up your anti-wrinkle cream for a drink or two. Juniper berries are stocked full of antioxidants known to boost the regenerating cells in your body for smoother, healthier-looking skin.

11. It can help with hay fever

It might not be the most apparent hay fever remedy, but switching to gin in the summer months could help to soothe your coughs and sneezes if you believer research from Asthma UK. 

The theory behind this fix is that drinks like beer and cider have a higher histamine content due to their fermentation process, often making hay fever symptoms worse so opting for clear spirits like gin instead can, in a roundabout way, curb them. 

While not a full-proof strategy, every bit helps doesn't it?

12. It’s the ‘ideal’ drink for diabetics

In 2008 research was published in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing which looked into the safest drinks for people with type 1 diabetes to consume and you know what they study revealed?

That a good old G&T comes out on top. This doesn't mean diabetics can go off drinking copious amounts of Gin but consult your doctor and work our a reasonable limit for yourself to live a little. 

13. Gin fights cancer

Gin contains high levels of antioxidant which help to “neutralise free radicals in the body,” which are some roots of the cancer disease. 

14. It can help you live longer

Gin is made up of juniper berries which contain flavonoids, these flavonoids are great for preventing heart disease and do well to improve your blood circulation as you get older. 

This won't help though if you're an excessive drinker, in fact, it would have the opposite effect.

Gin is not a tonic for everything

I am by no means endorsing the self-administration of gin instead of the usual medications I just thought it this list would make for a great bar fun fact list. 

None Gin drinkers beware, this list could become your next worse enemy as gin drinkers will continue to spread the word of gin to all they meet at every social function or through their social media post.

Drinking alcohol doesn't have to be 100% vice so order up a G&T and cheers to good health. The most important part of drinking gin is to have fun, know your limits and drink responsibly, as with any alcoholic beverage.

Protip! If you love gin or any other alcoholic beverage and enjoy posing them on social media, then check out this post - Trending Hashtags on social media For Beer, Spirits and Wine posts

Check out our infographic

If you're more of a visual person then check out the awesome infographic the guys over at Venngage helped us create all about the benefits of gin. To check out the hi-res version you can download or view it here

Infographic on the health benefits of gin

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