If you caught our recent article about the health benefits of wine and thought it was the best thing you were going to hear in 2018, then think again. We've got some more good news that's worth raising a glass to. As it turns out, gin isn't half bad, either. Most of us might enjoy a G&T or three of an evening, and it's not hard to see why it's quickly becoming the fashionable drink of choice. These days, you can find rhubarb and ginger gin, unicorn gin and even cherry bakewell gin. If there's a flavor people love, you can bet your bottom dollar that an artisan distillery will work their magic on it. But, contrary to popular belief, it could do more than just help to relax you after a hard day.
As far back as the 18th century, gin has been used as a healing remedy thanks to its main ingredient - juniper berries. The dark purple nuggets have incredible super food powers that can help to fight infection and prevent heart disease, as well as improve circulation and keep the kidney and liver functioning properly. Beauty enthusiasts can also rejoice, as these incredible berries are full of antioxidants that can boost the regenerating cells in your body, resulting in smoother, healthier looking skin.
What's more, it's the perfect drink of choice for those wanting to shave a few inches off of their waistline without missing out on the finer things in life. Gin is one of the least calorific spirits, coming in at around 97 calories per measure. Unlike beer, gin is much less likely to make you feel bloated thanks to the increase in digestive enzymes that it promotes (those little berries really are magical).
The benefits don't end there. Gin can also relieve achy joints and gout thanks to the combination of juniper berries and booze. People suffering from chronic pain and inflammation could benefit from soaking raisins in the spirit and eating a small amount of them each day.