Posted on August 06, 2015
Wine has a reputation for being good for you and can promote heart health. Although this is true, wine is not the only drink that can benefit your body (as well as heart and soul). Of course the key is moderation. It is no surprise that cognac is nicknamed “the healing drink” or “the live water.”
Different alcohols provide different health benefits, and cognac is one of the strongest. It is rich in antioxidants, which help keep free radicals from damaging your cells. Damaged cells can lead to clogged arteries, heart disease, cancer, and blindness. An evening nightcap of cognac with a cube of ice can help reduce these free radicals, and it will taste really good.
Cognac comes out as a surprising heart supporter. In addition to reducing free radicals, cognac lowers risk of blood clots and the strain that pumping has on your heart, which in turn lowers risk for heart disease. The most beneficial cognac is said to be XO cognac, which is aged in oak barrels for a long time. Even the oak is beneficial, as ellagic acid, the potent antioxidant, is found in the wood.
The health benefits of cognac reach beyond the heart though. Cognac can help reduce risk for Type 2 diabetes and gallstones, as long as you consume only moderate amounts. We keep saying moderate amounts, but what does that mean? For women, that means one drink per day and for men it’s two drinks per day. When you pour it, measure out 10 grams of alcohol, which is less than one whole drink.
Cognac is similar to wine in that it is also created from grapes and therefore is rich in polyphenol, which is found in grapes. Cognac is also great for relieving headaches because it widens blood vessels. Cognac is even used in home remedies for colds and flus in the winter. Eastern block nations have a drink called Gogol Mogol, which is a hot cognac drink made with milk, butter, raw egg yolk, and honey. The Germans created a concoction against the Spanish Flu in 1918, which consisted of fresh garlic and cognac. You may not be facing the Spanish Flu anytime soon, but cognac is a main ingredient in a great sore throat recipe - all it takes is some cognac and cumin.
Get a delicious bottle of cognac today and add it to your healthy diet. A little nightcap is the best health plan we can imagine.