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Sean Cate
Sean Cate
June 22, 2024 ·  3 min read

7 Ways Gin Might Be Good For Your Health

Gin, a flavored spirit sourced mainly from juniper berries, holds a unique place in the world of alcohol. While it’s important to note that alcohol, in general, should be consumed in moderation and is not a healthy food, gin offers some interesting potential benefits when compared to other spirits. Here are seven ways gin might be good for your health.

Low in Calories and Sugar

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One of the standout features of gin is its low calorie and sugar content. A single shot (1.5 ounces) of gin contains approximately 97 calories and zero carbohydrates, sugars, or fats.¹ This makes it a better option for those who are mindful of their calorie intake compared to other alcoholic beverages like beer or sugary cocktails.²

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Rich in Antioxidants

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Gin is infused with juniper berries, which are high in antioxidants. These compounds help fight free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and potentially lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. A 2018 study highlighted that juniper berry essential oil might have anti-aging properties, which can benefit skin health.

Aids Digestion

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Juniper berries, a key ingredient in gin, have been traditionally used to aid digestion. Consuming gin before a meal as an aperitif can stimulate appetite and prepare the digestive system for food. This is supported by findings that juniper berries help relieve gas and may even aid in healing ulcers.

May Help Manage Diabetes

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Gin’s lack of carbohydrates makes it a suitable choice for people managing diabetes. Unlike many cocktails that are laden with sugar, gin, when paired with sugar-free mixers like diet tonic water, can be a safer option for those needing to control their blood sugar levels. However, moderation is crucial, as excessive alcohol consumption can lead to hypoglycemia, a dangerous drop in blood sugar levels.

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Supports Heart Health

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Moderate alcohol consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. The antioxidants in juniper berries can help improve blood flow and remove toxins from the blood, which can support cardiovascular health. However, it’s essential to highlight that excessive drinking negates these benefits and increases health risks.

Relieves Bloating and Aids Joint Pain

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Juniper berries and other botanicals in gin act as natural diuretics, which can help reduce bloating and improve digestion.3 Additionally, juniper berries have been traditionally used to treat conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis. Although gin should not replace medical treatments, some anecdotal evidence suggests that it might provide temporary relief from joint pain.

Promotes Longevity

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Some studies suggest that the anti-aging properties of juniper berries might contribute to a longer life by improving blood flow and reducing inflammation. Historical anecdotes, like Julia Child’s belief that gin was one of her secrets to longevity, add a cultural layer to this claim. However, scientific validation is still needed.


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While gin is not a miracle drink, it does offer some health benefits relative to other alcoholic beverages, primarily due to its low calorie and sugar content and the presence of juniper berries. However, these benefits are only relevant when gin is consumed in moderation. Excessive drinking carries significant health risks, including the potential for addiction, liver damage, and various chronic diseases. Therefore, if you enjoy gin, do so responsibly and as part of a balanced lifestyle.

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