Brandy is one of the many types of alcoholic beverages in the world. The name brandy is derived from the Dutch word “brandewijn”. It is produced by distilling wine to increase the content of alcohol. The distillation of wine has been done since ancient times but only 15th century it was propagated. Brandy constituents about typically about 30-60% alcohol by volume. Brandy is normally enjoyed as an after-dinner drink but not like wine or beer that people drink evening long at a party. Brandy, though derived from wine is aged in oak barrels to increase the alcoholic content and also to alter the unique color.Brandy and wine share the same health benefits, although many people are not aware. It has been misunderstood by people that alcoholic beverages are inherent vices. But in reality they are something enjoyable, but if not properly used can leave us punished with hangovers, empty wallets, affected livers, and over-addiction.
Brandy is classified as hard alcohol and it is produced in a unique way. It is composed of interesting substances, and therefore offers both different benefits and effects, as other types of alcohol. People misunderstand that alcohol only harms health, so it is important to do our due diligence and check how there no mistake in enjoying a drink or two to get benefited from it.
Benefits Of Brandy
- Cardiovascular Health :
Brandy has a positive effect on the heart. When drunk moderately, it provides a wide range of antioxidants which can reduce the amount of negative cholesterol in the heart and reduce plaque build-up. Atherosclerosis prevention is one of the many ways to ignore the dangerous effects of heart problems and strokes. In addition, the polyphenol compounds minimize the inflammations in the circulatory system, which soothes the blood vessels and minimises blood pressure. Drinking excessive amounts causes damage to the heart while a single glass after dinner is suggested as a safe amount.
- Anti-aging Capacity :
The antioxidant compounds associated with the presence of copper in the aging barrels, may have a strong effect on the body. They are organic compounds that eradicate or neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism which cause the healthy cells to mutate. They can prevent also apostasis in the brain, internal organs, hair, and skin etc. Brandy effectively prevent certain types of aging symptoms, wrinkles on the skin, poor vision, cognitive issues, and other chronic conditions that develop as our body ages.
- Prevention Of Cancer :
Brandy has been associated with the medication or prevention of certain types of cancers. The essential constituent of brandy is ellagic acid, a powerful organic compound which prevents the development and spread of cancerous cells. Research has enhanced the status of brandy as a healthy choice which can be done by the activation of a certain gene that promotes growth and metastasis of cancer cells.
- Insomnia :
Brandy induces us to sleep, but drinking too much alcohol causes us to doze off. Brandy also has possess some relaxing qualities that help us to have a restful sleep. The high alcohol content will support the body due to its natural depressant qualities.
- Weight Problems :
Brandy contains no carbohydrates unlike carbohydrate alcoholic drinks. Brandy can also be drunk as an aperitif, without spoiling the appetite. Brandy does not contribute to the simple sugar breakdown of carbohydrates that can easily be stored as fat, like those found in beer.
- Respiratory Disorders :
Since ancient times, brandy has been used as means to cure respiratory problems. The strong alcoholic content eliminates bacteria and releases phlegm and mucus, acting as an expectorant. Anti-inflammatory properties in brandy ease the irritation that causes coughs and sore throats.
- Builds Immunity :
Brandy has been depended mostly as a solution for the common cold problems. The warming properties of brandy and the antibacterial quality of it make this a popular and a delicious liquor. It boosts the immune system. It can eradicate pathogens that may be in our body with the help of its antioxidants.
Foot note :
Brandy should be consumed in moderate quantity as it leads to serious damage in our liver and psychological health. We have to consult doctors before making it a regular practice.