We all know that a glass of red wine every now and again is good for you, but what if wine is not your drink and you fancy something a little lighter? Perhaps a spirit? Before we delve into the gloriously unexpected advantages of this delightful juniper nectar, we’d like to provide you with a mini disclaimer: delicious as it is, gin will always be alcohol, and too much alcohol will, of course, always come with its repercussions.
On the upside, comparatively speaking, drinking it in moderation tends to be on the healthier spectrum of alcoholic beverages. This is owed to its natural base ingredients: juniper, sage, coriander, nutmeg and rosemary. If you loved gin before, then be prepare to rekindle that love and renew your faithful vows. Like our loyal clientele, The Thirsty Barber simply LOVE gin, which is why we wanted to list 7 great reasons to drink it merrily. With hundreds of assortments out there, you can vary your choice of gin and gain a wide variety of herbal medicinal advantages!
1. Juniper berries are jam-packed with health benefits
No wonder gin has a main ingredient many people take as a daily supplement, because it has medicinal properties. Used for centuries as a topical antiseptic, they can also help combat infection, fight off coughs and lung congestion. Interestingly, the oils contained in juniper berries agitate bronchial passages and expel mucus.
What’s more, it won’t jeopardize your waistline! A shot of gin is a mere 97 calories… we’ll drink to that! So, it’s an added bonus knowing we can enjoy drinking one of our favourite drinks, without it effecting that dreaded figure on our weighing scale.
2. Gin is rich in antioxidants
Juniper berries are an incredibly healthy fruit and considered a superfood, since they’re laden with fortifying antioxidants and loads of vitamin C, which could help ward off colds, flu and bugs. It fights kidney and liver disease and the berries found in gin are often used as a herbal treatment to improve kidney health.
3. Fights cancer and prevents heart disease
Additionally, because juniper berries are packed with antioxidants, gin also acts as a cancer fighter, helping counteract free radicals in our system. The joy gin brings to your heart isn’t all metaphorical – it’s been proven to protect against heart disease too. Apparently, both gin and red wine, when drunk in moderation, influences plasma, antioxidant vitamins, lipid profile and oxidability of low-density lipoprotein that make your heart healthier.
4. Gin helps your liver and flushes out your system
Of course, getting your liver in shape sounds somewhat contradictory, since we’re talking about an alcoholic drink, but because the berries are diuretic, they can theoretically be helpful with liver disease.
Juniper has been long used as a medicinal herb, which is also thought to help kidney function as well as ease water retention, bloating and urinary tract infections. Since it increases urine output and therefore stops water retention. In the case of UTIs, increased urine output often flushes out toxins and bacteria associated with the infection.
5. It could eliminate a sluggish digestion
Many people avoid gin because of its slightly bitter taste, yet in reality, this lip-smacking flavour supports the digestive system. The herbs (which incidentally, also eases heartburn) are used to create gin and can increase both stomach acid secretions and digestive enzymes; this surges the fluids necessary for breaking down ingested food more quickly. Your liver can produce more enzymes and the alcohol will create more stomach acid secretions, improving digestion. Undoubtedly, your digestive system will thank you.
6. You get to increase your herbal intake
It’s amazing how herbal remedies and teas can work wonders, and the composition of gin makes it a brilliant choice for those who seek a healthier type of alcohol. Its smorgasbord of natural and nutritious herbs most certainly make it the better choice. In a nutshell, gin is possibly the healthiest liquor on the market nowadays. Apart from it being packed with herbal goodness, it has plenty of other natural plant sources too: angelica root, rosemary, citrus peel, nutmeg, sage, lemon-grass; the list goes on and on. Most of such ingredients offer a wide range of remedial benefits.
7. It keeps your skin young and healthy
We’re sure you’ve heard of red wine’s anti-aging benefits, but did you know that gin offers a similar effect? Once again, thanks to its natural ingredients, this drink is packed with antioxidants that work to keep your skin fresh, moisturised, and youthful. That gin martini you’re probably dying to start sipping on as you read this, may be aiding in encouraging cellular restoration and overall skin repair. And get this – it can even help eliminate wrinkles in your skin!
The juniper-boost aids your body in regenerating cells, which in turn is great for maintaining smooth, wrinkle-free skin. It could help keep your skin healthy. Although alcohol is frequently blamed for dehydrating the skin, the vitamins, flavonoids and antioxidants in juniper berries could help to mitigate those drying effects for a healthy skin boost.
Do of course take the above with a pinch of salt! We’re not medical professionals, and the article is intended for entertainment purposes only. As much as we love our gin, we’re not endorsing the self-administration of gin instead of the usual medications prescribed for these issues. But it’s nice to know that drinking alcohol doesn’t have to be 100% vice. So, come on down to The Thirsty Barber and queue up those Gin and Tonics or Gin Martinis, so we can all drink to good health.