I'm aware of the alleged health promoting polyphenols in wine, but I am curious if anyone knows of any studies/information demonstrating potential health promoting properties of hard alcohol?
The only real one I can think of is oral hygiene (which has other secondary health benefits). So, aside from that, any benefits to drinking vodka on a regular basis?
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This is actually interesting, and I'd want to look into this more for myself, as I'm typically drinking gluten-free hard liquor (bringing a bottle of wine to a party around my age probably wouldn't look right, lol), but I did find this:
apparently the health benefits of alcohol (it did not specify wine) are "mediated through increased levels of HDL cholesterol(17)." I find that rather interesting. I wonder how much alcohol consumption were talking about here. I know it speaks of "moderate" alcohol consumption in this journal, but rather than 1-2 or 3 glasses every couple nights, could moderate be considered getting drunk every once and awhile (couple times a month, if even)? I'd like to find the appropriate dose as almost everyone of my friends and lot's of relatives drink, and drink to the point of being drunk, not just 1-2 glasses of wine or a beer or two (not that their alcoholics) and it's nice to occasionally share that with them. But I much more cherish my health.
Well, vodka is free of carbohydrates, which makes it a good choice for low-carbers.
Moderate vodka consumption is also good for cardiac health: it promotes the growth of collateral blood vessels in the heart, which can decrease the amount of damage incurred if you have a heart attack, and decreases your likelihood of experiencing chest pain.