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Surprising Ways Alcohol May Be Good For Your Health

If you enjoy a drink (or five) and have been told how bad it is for you, read on and be pleasantly surprised. Remember that this information refers to drinking in moderation, so binge drinking doesn’t count!

by / Published: 20 Jun 2018

Surprising Ways Alcohol May Be Good For Your Health
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Healthy heart
Beer and wine can be beneficial for hearth health as they contain natural antioxidants known as phenols, which help the body’s mechanism of self-protection against heart diseases. These two drinks also lower the probability of having hypertension; but keep in mind that they are only beneficial if you consume the proper amount. 

Recover from malaria 
If gin and tonic is your tipple of choice, you’re in luck (if you get malaria) because the quinine found in tonic water has been used to fight this mosquito-borne disease for centuries. Quinine is an alkaloid that has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

With the advancement of medicine, many effective drugs have been created to specifically treat malaria. However, using quinine and tonic water is still effective and helps ease symptoms caused by the infection. Note that it’s best to consult a doctor or healthcare provider before taking any drugs, remedies or medications.

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Ease nervousness 
Have you ever been in a social event or family gathering where things seem a little tense and there’s no way to break the ice? Having a drink does relax you and makes you feel more confident and therefore, willing to socialise. Again, one or two will relax you, four onwards and the nervousness will go from cheerful to morose or even aggressive. Always be aware of how much you consume in social situations. 

Red wine and weight loss
Rejoice all you red wine drinkers! It has been scientifically proven that when taken in moderation, red wine can aid in the process of losing weight. According to a study by Oregon State University, dark red grapes contain ellagic acid which reduces the effects of obesity. It works by slowing down the growth of fat cells and preventing new ones from being formed, which in turn boosts the metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells.

There are many arguments and health professionals have differing views, but one thing is for sure, it’s all about quantity. Always consult a healthcare professional or doctor if you’re unsure and to get the correct information. 

This article has been republished with permission from Hello Doktor.