We all love a G&T and let’s face it, don’t need an excuse to enjoy one! That said, we just had to share that gin is (allegedly) good for you.
How? Well it’s all about the botanicals (mainly juniper) which have absolute superhero powers. In theory, they lead to fewer wrinkles, help fight heart, liver and kidney disease, are great for your bones and handy at preventing colds.
So here’s our list of magical (mythical?!) health giving properties.
Gin has one of the lowest calorie counts. On average: Wine 160 kcal, beer 180 kcal, G&T 100 kcal. Plus it’s your best friend if you are wearing white and have a little spillage...
2. JUNIPER IS A SUPERFOOD, SUPERFOOD=HEALTHY
As you probably know by know juniper is the main botanical used to make gin. What you didn’t know was that juniper berries are a superfood. These little purple balls of joy (actually a cone, not a berry) are full of antioxidants - good for regenerating cells, younger looking skin and preventing the common cold.
Juniper berries have also been used as an antiseptic and cleansing herb for centuries by cultures all over the world. In World War 2 French nurses burned juniper to fumigate and cleanse hospital rooms - we bet the smell of gin is much nicer!
4. BONES & BOTANICALS
Ask your grandma about using gin-soaked raisins. The botanicals used in gin apparently help to reduce inflammation, gout or aching joints, as well as being one of your 5 a day (ok, ok that’s taking it too far). In fact, gin-soaked raisins were often recommended as a remedy for arthritis - an idea starting to come back into popularity.
5. HEALTHY HEART, LIVER AND KIDNEYS
Juniper berries (again!) can help to boost blood circulation and contain flavonoids which have loads of benefits including prevention of clogged arteries. Plus, contemporary herbalists recommend juniper as a diuretic to help prevent water retention and to flush out toxins and bacteria.
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*Disclaimer* We at Gin Festival do not have scientific proof for the above!
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