Gin is many a splendored thing! Not only is it universally loved but it is also known to be good for you.
It’s a win:win!
It might surprise some to know that gin has some health benefits – when drunk in moderation, of course. In fact, as early as the Middle Ages gin was used as a form of herbal medicine. So it’s been a well loved health tonic for centuries.
We share with you eight very good reasons why gin should be classed as a super food…or drink.
1. THE SUPER HERO OF BERRIES
The word ‘gin’ actually derives from the older English word genever and the Latin word for juniper, juniperus being it’s main ingredient. Juniper berries are from the conifer family and they are little dark purple nuggets with superfood powers. Gin is classified as a natural spirit as its main ingredient is the juniper berry along with a kaleidescope of natural berries. Juniper berries are jam-packed with infection fighting qualities as they are warming, stimulating and disinfecting. Try adding juniper berries to your next G&T as a garnish and reap the extra health benefits.
2. MORE GIN = FEWER WRINKLES
Switch up your anti-wrinkle cream for a bottle of Aussie Craft Gin as juniper berries are full of antioxidants and boost the regenerating cells in your body for smoother, healthier looking skin.
3. IT’S A LOW CAL SPIRIT
No need to worry too much about your waistline. According to Livestrong, gin is one of the least calorific spirits with 97 calories per shot. Yess! The juniper berries come into action by increasing the number of enzymes that break down your food and helping with your digestion. This also means less bloating. Plus, according a study at the University of Sigulda in Latvia, drinking gin can speed up drinkers metabolisms and help burn calories more efficiently. So it’s the perfect choice if you are watching your weight, or not haha.
4. IT KEEPS YOU YOUNG
You guessed it. It’s the juniper berries again. They contain flavonoids which are great for preventing heart disease and improving your blood circulation as you get older. Although, of course, excessive drinking could have the opposite effect. But we know that right?
5. IT CAN HELP FIGHT LIVER & KIDNEY DISEASE
Gin is the best natural remedy for kidney and liver disease. Juniper berries help prevent water retention in your body allowing you to pass more water than any other alcohol. This means that more harmful toxins and bacteria are flushed out of your system.
6. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR BONES
Gin’s makeup helps to relieve achy joints and gout, and its alcohol content coupled with the juniper berries can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammations, such as arthritis. Gin-soaked raisins are especially good to prepare as you can store them in a jar and eat them daily to see the benefits.
7. IT CAN HELP FIGHT OFF A COUGH
The oils contained in juniper berries can alleviate coughs by expelling the mucus in the throat and aiding lung congestion. The great thing about gin is that it can be mixed with many different herbs and ingredients such as ginger, which will help to soothe a sore throat. Adding citrus as a garnish would only up the vitamin C right?
8. IT KEEPS HAYFEVER AT BAY
Not the most obvious of solutions but according to Asthma UK by switching to gin for your spring/summer tipple, you can reduce your hay fever symptoms. Its believed the histamines in cider, beer and wine can increase your hay fever, so switching to a clear spirit such as gin can reduce your sneezes and itchy eyes. We are thinking a Bees Knees Cocktail is the perfect antidote.
So go on…pour yourself a nice glass of G&T. It’s all in the name of health, right?!
Looking for more amazing facts about gin?
Pick up a copy of Australian Gin by David Box, this brilliantly written coffee table book has all the facts, insights and history of the Australian Craft Gin movement.