Melissa Juried Kriebel
Ingredients derived from Scotland’s national drink, whisky, have been shown to have positive effects on the skin.
This includes minimizing puffiness and inflammation, taming redness, and protecting against free radical damage.
Scientists at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) found that the whisky-making byproduct pot ale, which is also used as animal feed, had antioxidant properties when applied to the skin.
Their primary focus is on incorporating whisky’s nutrients and polyphenols into cosmetics for the skin.
The researchers think this is the first study of its kind to use whisky by-products to examine cellular antioxidant capacity.
A skincare company started using Whisky’s by-product
Zaza & Cruz, a natural skincare company based in Inverness, participated in the study and now utilizes the component in its own products.
After several rejections, company founder Rebecca Hastings was able to get samples from a distillery in the Highland town of Dingwall for inclusion in the testing.
In the 1970s, a Japanese business discovered that the fermentation process for sake yeast had positive benefits on the skin. This was what sparked RGU’s early study.
Carlos Fernandez, the senior lecturer at RGU and main investigator on the project, said: “The RGU team has developed a great partnership with Zaza & Cruz, and this is reflected by two successful research projects investigating the antioxidant effect of pot ale from whisky for health care products.”
Ms. Hastings stated that the study provided hope for the future of her company.
She added: “Having the experience of RGU helped me as a business owner in my field to feel confident in the results that they could produce with their research facilities.”
Protecting your heart’s health
According to WebMD, Whisky is an excellent source of polyphenols, the plant-based antioxidants that have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
There is evidence that polyphenols in whisky lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL), raise “good” cholesterol (HDL), and lower triglycerides (blood fat).
In contrast to the artery-clogging effects of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, the beneficial effects of good cholesterol are well-documented. Preventing cardiovascular disease and stroke might depend on keeping levels where they should be.
Treatment of cold symptoms
Whisky has the potential to dilate blood vessels temporarily, according to WebMD. Taking tiny doses to relieve mucus congestion in your sinuses and chest, aids the body to fight off infections. This impact may help ease other cold and flu symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing.
CDC’s guideline for Whiskey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults of legal drinking age can choose not to drink or to drink in moderation by limiting intake to 2 drinks for men and 1 drink for women, on days when alcohol is consumed, to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harms.
Moreover, the Guidelines also state that those who do not already drink alcohol should not begin drinking for any reason. Also, those of legal drinking age should drink moderately.