Drinking Sake: 3 Hidden Health Benefits

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People in Japan have been drinking sake for almost 2,000 years. Served as a ceremonial drink, sake can also be enjoyed as part of a cultural pastime in Japan. While it is usually served warm, it is also quite good either chilled, at room temperature, or hot. The taste often encompasses one of the five distinct flavors – Karami (dryness), Nigami, (bitterness), Shibumi (astringency or tartness), Amami (sweetness), and Sanmi (acidity). 

But tastes aside, there has been a trend in the global health community to turn to sake for that lasting impact on our wellness over the last couple of years. There might be some truth considering how Japan is known for having one of the longest life expectancies in the world with sake being the national beverage.

So to disentangle the fact from myth, we look at how some studies have shown that drinking sake may boost your immune system, combat high blood pressure, and even benefit your sleep quality and skin. 

Now with some of the biggest benefits that await you in a cup of sake, you will probably take it down like a tequila slammer. But wait, luckily for you, The Beverage Clique is taking the whole experience to a whole new level – by having a sake tasting event (virtual/in-person) at S$98/ pax. Minimum 5 pax to commence. 

So if you want to turn to Japan’s popular sake for potential health advantages like the ones below, be sure to drop by for that unique experience.

3 Hidden Health Benefits of Drinking Sake

Drinking Sake boosts your immune system

Drinking sake in light to moderate quantities may be good for your immune system. For the Japanese, an average of 1 drink a day for women and 1-2 for men is considered to be an appropriate amount. This average refers to the amount consumed on any given day rather than an average across days.

This is important to take note of as sake contains alcohol. The alcohol by volume (ABV) that an undiluted sake has is about 18%-20% while a diluted one has an ABV of around 15%. So if you drink too heavily, it will reverse the upside discussed earlier. But when you drink in moderation, you can fully expect the health benefits sake has for your immune system.

In addition, a cup of sake may very well be packed with vitamins, minerals, and gut-friendly bacteria crucial for our well-being. As it is purely made from natural ingredients like rice, water, koji enzyme, and yeast, it contains a good balance of nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and play an important role in helping to prevent the cold and flu as well as decreasing their duration as well.

3 Hidden Health Benefits of Drinking Sake

Sake combats high blood pressure and cholesterol

There are many ingredients that are said to combat high blood pressure and cholesterol today. Some ingredients are more hype than action, but others are really worth it — and peptides in sake are an ingredient you won’t want to miss. Peptides are short strings of amino acids, typically comprising 2-50 amino acids. For sake, there are several types of peptides that are really great for our bodies.

Specifically, these peptides help burn fat, build muscle, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Given how our bodies do not naturally produce all of the essential amino acids needed, we should then take sake actively on a regular basis to enjoy the health benefits it brings. 

3 Hidden Health Benefits of Drinking Sake

Sake benefits your skin and sleep quality  

To get the most out of this traditional Japanese beverage, don’t just drink it to boost your immune system or combat high blood pressure. For centuries, the Japanese have been drinking sake as part of their healthy skin routines. Sake’s moisturizing elements include glycerol, saccharides, and amino acids, often used in beauty products. And in addition to the prevention of rough skin, koji (one of the main ingredients in sake) inhibits the performance of melanin, which is the main culprit of age spots, freckles and sunspots. 

And if that’s not enough, here’s the last hidden health benefit of drinking sake – it makes you sleep better. Understandably, sake has less sugar, impurities, and byproducts of fermentation compared to wine and other alcoholic beverages. So by trading wine for sake you absolutely get better sleep after you kanpai (the traditional word for ‘cheers’ in Japanese). 

So that’s it, the significant health benefits of sake for anyone who loves raising their sake cups, and others who don’t.

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