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Aside From Red Wine, Does Alcohol Have Any Health Benefits?

By now everyone knows about the antioxidants found in red wine, resveratrol to be exact. Sure, you could get more resveratrol in a supplement (resveratrol best price is found at Swanson Health Products of course), but a glass of red wine with dinner is usually much more fulfilling. If red wine isn’t to your liking, however, there are other alcoholic beverages that do offer some health benefits...all in moderation of course. 

White Wine: White wine doesn’t serve up the antioxidant benefits for heart health like red wine does, but it still offers antioxidant benefits for oral health. White wine’s antioxidants can help control the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay and sore throats.

Gin: Can a cocktail help with weight control? If it’s gin, some research says yes. The various herbs and berries that are used in making gin can help fight obesity, as well as support healthy bones and cardiovascular health.

Whiskey: Did you know that one shot of whiskey delivers the same benefits as the antioxidant in the recommended daily serving of vitamin C? We didn’t either until we ran across a study from Monash University in Australia. Remember, you only need one shot, which is typically about 1 ounce.  

Brandy: Brandy and whiskey offers similar benefits due to the production process used to make the two spirits. Whiskey absorbs compounds from the oak barrels it is stored in, while brandy’s benefits—similar to that of a glass of fruit juice—come from the copper in the distilling equipment.

The most important thing to remember is this: ALWAYS drink responsibly, if you choose to consume alcohol at all. The healthy benefits in the above drinks can be obtained in just a single serving.



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