Vodka was made for so much more than mules and martinis. It may surprise you to learn that the spirit was actually invented as a source of medicine and to this day, the colorless, odorless drink has a number of health benefits. So the next time you're debating what kind of cocktail to order, consider this:
- Vodka has disinfectant properties.
Vodka is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic. It has been used to treat toothaches, clean wounds, and clean your house, though you probably shouldn't swap it out for your regular household disinfectant.
- It can relieve stress.
You may have heard that red wine is a natural relaxer, but it's nothing compared to vodka, which has been scientifically proven to relieve tension better than vino.
- It's heart-healthy.
Vodka can increase blood-flow and circulation in your body which can prevent clots, strokes, and other heart diseases. (It was an animal study, though, so take with a grain of salt.) Vodka can also help lower your cholesterol. And, for those watching their weight, it's also generally considered a lower-calorie alcohol.
- It contributes to oral hygiene.
We already mentioned how vodka can soothe toothaches, but swishing a shot of it can help combat bad breath as well.
- It can alleviate symptoms caused by arthritis.
Apparently, patients who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis and had semi-regular vodka drinks throughout the month felt less pain and inflammation associated with their disease, according to this study.
- It reduces risks associated with diabetes.
Unlike beer or wine, a shot of vodka can actually reduce blood sugar levels. This is most effective when taken straight: never has there been a better excuse for a martini.