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Let’s turn to the health benefits from drinking sake, the traditional Japanese beverage. I’d like to share some information from a recent Yoga Journal. Here we go!

1. Sake may help reduce stress.

In moderate drinkers, alcohol reduces the body’s physiological stress response so you can start to let go of worries and can live in the moment.

2. Sake is heart-healthy.

A small amount of alcohol can be beneficial. In moderation, sake is considered a heart health food and a palate cleanser.

3. Trade wine for sake and you may sleep better.

Compared with wine, sake has less sugar and less of the impurities and byproducts of fermentation in alcoholic beverages, called “cogeners,” thought to cause hangovers and disrupt sleep. Therefore sake may improve sleep quality.

4. Sake has no sulfites or tannins.

Good news if you’re headache-prone. If you skip certain wines because their sulfites and tannins (two ingredients common in some wine varietals) leave your head pounding, try sake.

5. Sake may make your skin healthier.

If sipping sake makes you less stressed, it may also have an impact on your skin. A happier person tends to have a healthier glow.

6. Sake is culturally portion-controlled.

The Japanese’s affinity for all things tiny is a bonus when it comes to cocktails. While sake has about the same alcohol content as wine, the serving size is just 3 ounces, compared to wine’s standard 5 ounces, so you’ll be less likely to overindulge. Just like all alcohol, some is good for you and too much is bad for you.

INSIDER TIP  Sake is often served warm in restaurants to make up for low-quality products. Instead, drink premium sake (look for the word “Junmai” on the bottle) chilled to enjoy its delicate flavors. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter. Kanpai!

Michael

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