Torn between your craving to hit the bar and grab few cold beverages and taking your health as a priority? Well, the researcher’s from the Latvia’s University of Sigulda uncovered an ideal beverage of choice for you: Gin!

            The journal Food & Nature published a study on how alcoholic beverages affected mice. The study finds that Gin enhances the body’s ability to burn calories for an hour after consumption. The mice were fed with regular doses of gin and exemplified a 17 percent in their metabolic rate compared to the group of mice that were fed with water only.

            Gin is popularly known for its spirit with its predominant flavor from antioxidant-rich juniper berries. It originated in the middle ages and evolved from use in herbal medicine to an object of trading in the spirits industry.

            The basis of Gin was the older jenever and became known in Great Britain (particularly London). William of Orange occupied the English, Scottish, and Irish thrones together with his wife, Mary. Spirits have many categories, Gin is just one, and it is represented by the outcome of diverse origins, flavor profiles, and styles that gyrate around juniper as a common ingredient.

            According to Thisa Lye, a researcher from the University of Latvia, consuming gin results in a marked increase in metabolic rate, the spirit may have a potential slimming effect in the body. The core ingredient antioxidant-rich juniper berries may likely be the reason for the slimming effect of gin. The spirit tipple triggers an ‘after burn’ effect that improves your body’s capacity to scorch calories.

            Additionally, juniper berries, common in Europe are used as herbal medicine to aid digestion, helping to ease bloating. In native medicine, juniper berries are used to alleviate swelling in joints for people experiencing arthritis.

            A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Nursing (2008) discovered that Gin is one of the safest beverages to consume for people with type 1 diabetes. Diabetics can utilize the rejuvenating qualities of juniper and its ability to alleviate swelling of arteries. Also, Gin contains only 97 calories per shot and is one of the lowest calorie spirits.

            However, mixers composed of sugar sweetener fuel bloating, affect digestion and destabilize metabolism. These may affect the slimming capability of gin. Pairing your gin with a slim-line tonic and adding rosemary, cucumber or basil for a twist can be a substitute for sugar-sweeter mixers.

            To sum it up, further research and investigation are still needed to fully comprehend why gin speed up metabolism as well as if it is effective as a slimming drink.