Juniper, the Hero Ingredient of Gin, Is Actually a Superfood
For those who are in the gin-making, selling or serving businesses, you’ll be happy to hear that juniper is actually a superfood. It’s just another reason for gin connoisseurs to raise a glass.
In this guide, we’re looking at the overlooked health benefits of gin. Although it’s still important to drink responsibly, it’s certainly good to know that the hero ingredient has got some health-benefits to its name.
What are the health benefits of juniper berries?
The juniper berry comes from an evergreen shrub that grows in North America, Europe, and Asia. These berries might be small, but they have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times.
Rich in antioxidants.
These promote skin health and can help ward off diseases such as cancer and heart disease. They contribute to the healthy functioning of the body by increasing the regeneration of cells.
By improving blood flow and toxin removal from the blood, juniper berries are also believed to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Source of vitamin C.
Many berries contain vitamin C, and this purple berry is no different. Vitamin C is known to boost immune health and blood vessel functioning.
So, is gin healthy?
Obviously, as an alcoholic beverage, it’s important to consume gin in moderation.
That being said, classic gin is low in calories and carbohydrates and has no added sugar. This makes it a good choice for people who have diabetes or for anyone trying to cut back on their sugar without going T-total.
Tonic is also low in sugar and complements the slightly fragrant, bitter taste of gin. With juniper berries providing gin with its distinct flavour (there would be no gin without this ingredient) that means there are nutritional benefits to be had.
Superfoods don’t necessarily have a concrete definition, however if it’s rich in antioxidants and promotes the body’s healthy functions – blood flow, digestion, toxin removal, etc then it’s certainly not a bad choice of food or drink.
It’s healthier than wine and beer, anyway.
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