7 Health Benefits of Whiskey: For Jameson

Whiskey is good for you. I think that deserves a round.

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Health Benefits of Whiskey

Beyond being great for your general well-being, confidence, and street credit, we’re just finding out that drinking whiskey (in moderation) comes with some legitimate health benefits. Just in case you needed another excuse to get on the whiskey bandwagon, here are some of our findings:

Stave off Dementia

Contrary to popular opinion, whiskey might actually boost cognitive ability. Research is still in-process, but we do know that ellagic acid, found in, you guessed it, whiskey, is effective in raging against free radicals. Free radicals are connected with interrupting neural pathways and the way we connect ideas together. Of course, drinking too much can kill brain cells, but sipping whiskey and it’s ellagic acid is like calling in the cavalry to fight back.

Protect the Heart

There’s nothing better than whiskey for a broken heart. Literally, as it turns out. Studies show that moderate whiskey drinkers have a 50% lower chance of heart attack or stroke.

Blood Clots

People with high cholesterol are at an increased risk of blood clotting. Clotting is a good thing externally, like for papercuts. However, internally, clots can block up arteries and lead to fatal issues like thrombosis. Whiskey, like most alcohols, is a blood thinner and is also loaded with “good” cholesterol which can prevent these complications.

Back Up, Cancer

Let’s talk some more about that ellagic acid. It’s an antioxidant, which is a trendy word that means ellagic acid neutralizes the bad byproducts of our cellular metabolisms that cause many cancers. Antioxidants aren’t effective in fighting cancers, but they have been connected to cancer prevention.

The Diabeetus

Drinking small amounts of whiskey is a fantastic way to balance insulin and glucose levels. In fact, recent studies have suggested that whiskey drinkers experience 30-40% reduced chances of diabetes.

The Original Cure-all

We’ve seen the old Cowboy films. Guy on horseback gets shot, partner-in-crime douses the wound in whiskey to keep it clean. It turns out they were on to something. The antioxidants and trace vitamins found in whiskeys does, in fact, stimulate the immune system and stave off infection.

Drink it Neat

Obviously, dressing whiskey up in sugar-filled mixers does nothing to control weight loss. However, whiskey is one of the lowest-calorie alcohols we can drink and it’s completely fat and bad cholesterol-free.

tl;dr

Whiskey, in moderation, is actually pretty darn good for you. Round of Jame-o, please.


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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.