Why drinking gin (in moderation) is actually GOOD for you

Gin has key health benefits, when enjoyed in moderation—according to science

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Drinking gin could actually be good for you? Yes, you heard it right, looks like your favorite cocktail ingredient and tonic's long-established other half, might be just what you need.

But before we get carried away and crack into Queen Elizabeth II's limited-edition rose petal gin you've been saving for a special occasion, you need to remember to drink responsibly. And if you do, it turns out that a little bit of your favorite tipple actually comes with added health benefits.


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Not only is gin tasty and easy to enjoy but it's got some serious health benefits. Don't believe us? Well, according to science, here's three reasons why pouring yourself a glass of gin and tonic is actually pretty good for you...

1. It can stop you from getting sick

Juniper berries, the tasty little treats gin is made from, are packed with anti-aging antioxidants and Vitamin C, which will boost your immune system and wards off colds and flu.

2. It can help ease aching joints 

There’s long been a link between soothing aching joint and gin. An ancient remedy is to soak a handful of golden raisins in a bowl of gin and let it evaporate overnight. Then eat up to 9 raisins a day to help ease joints and prevent inflammation.

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3. It can help ease digestion

Juniper is a diuretic, meaning it can boost kidney health and help prevent bloating by easing water retention. The herbs in bottles could also help boost digestion by helping breaking down foods quicker.

Who knew? Right, let's get those G&T's ordered...

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.