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We all like to have a drink every now and again, so wouldn’t it make you happy to know that your drink of choice might actually have some health benefits?
First let me be clear and say that overdoing it is likely to cause more problems than benefits and this is not an endorsement to start drinking if you don’t. But knowing that our favorite ‘poison’ may have some health benefits is nice to know! Here’s a look at which ones to choose and why.
According to the American Chemical Society the agave used to make tequila can help promote calcium absorption, the regulation of lipid (fat) absorption and even facilitate the growth of intestinal flora (think good bacteria). Others believe that having one shot before a meal can help stimulate the appetite and having a shot after a big meal is said to aid digestion.
It is a long known tale that rum can help increase longevity, and some believe it can decrease your risk of heart attacks. It is also known to help reduce anxiety and moderate alcohol consumption is rumored to reduce risk factors of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Moderate amounts of red wine can be beneficial if you have heart disease thanks to its antioxidants that provide a healthy heart boost. The antioxidants are called polyphenols and may even help protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Resveratrol is one in particular that receives a lot of attention since it may also help reduce LDL cholesterol and prevent blood clots.
Champagne and sparkling wine is a popular choice among those watching calories since it contains about 90 calories per glass, versus about 100 calories for regular red and white wine. Luckily some believe that the polyphenols found in red wine may also be found in champagne.
So there you have it, a good reason to enjoy a cocktail. Just remember that all the positive research linking alcohol to improved health is with moderate drinking and if you drink heavily you increase your risk of disease. Wait for a special occasion and then cheers with your favorite health boosting drink!
Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother. Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy.
She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.
Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com