Did you know that sake reduces mortality? As it turns out, it’s an amazing beverage with many benefits!
Sake is a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice. The alcohol percentage is similar to the one in the wine. But besides being pretty delicious this amazing drink has many health as well as beauty benefits. Did you know that one of the benefits is that sake reduces mortality?
So, we’re sharing with you 13 health benefits from the sake which are actually scientifically proved facts.
1. Reduce mortality
Although this is not restricted to sake, it’s proven that moderate drinking of alcohol, especially sake reduces the mortality rate. Most studies including American Council on Science and Health report that light to moderate drinkers have less mortality risk than abstainers. Of course, heavy drinkers are at the highest risk.
2. Reduce Cancer Risk
National Cancer Center in Japan did a 17 year cohort survey of 265,000 Japanese men. They found out that everyday sake drinkers have less cancer risk than non-sake drinkers. Their mortality rate ratios compared to non-drinkers are 0.86 for all death causes, 0.79 for all cancers, and 0.61 for stomach cancer.
Amino acid in Sake atrophies and annihilates cancer cells.
Dr. Okuda at Medical Department, Aichi University has reported that some elements in sake prevent the rapid increase of bladder, prostate and uterine cancer cells. Glucosamin in the sake also activates anti-tumor Natural Killer cells.
Additionally, sake has been found to have lower mortality rate from cirrhosis and lung cancer than other alcoholic beverages such as beer, whiskey and Shochu. To sum up, sake reduces the risk of many kinds of cancers.
3. Prevent diabetes
Dr. Okuda has found an activator just like the insulin Namazake (fresh, unpasteurized sake) and sake lees. Diabetes occurs due to a shortage of insulin. The insulin activator in the sake may help resolve this issue, and therefore preventing diabetes.
4. Prevent osteoporosis
Amino acids in sake (e.g. Valine, Leucine and Isoleucine) helps recover and build skeletal muscle, preventing osteoporosis. Also, Koji, one of the main ingredients of the sake, has 5 types of Cathepsin-L inhibitors which help prevent osteoporosis.
5. Prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Sake has been found to have 3 types of peptides that helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular dementia. Peptides prevent PEP, the main cause of the diseases. The sake lees or the by-product of pressing, also has other 3 types of peptides.
6. Prevent cardiac disease and cerebrovascular disease
Moderate drinking of sake prevents cardiac disease and cerebrovascular disease. And that’s because it prevents blood clots and reduces the cholesterol. Moderate intake of sake increases urokinase, a substance that releases blood clots. Sakekasu or sake lees has an effect of reducing cholesterol level.
Sake contains antioxidants called Ferulic acids, possibly having an anti-aging effect. Ferulic acids in sake are a powerful UV light absorber, preventing skin aging.
What’s more, ferulic acids are a powerful antioxidant. Drinking sake will prevent Lipid Peroxidation, helping you retain a youthful and beautiful skin.
8. Prevent high blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to cerebrovascular disease such as strokes, angina and heart attacks. Sake has 9 types of peptides (sake itself 3 types and sake lees 6 types) that prevent the enzymes which, if activated in excess, cause high blood pressure.
9. Moisturized skin
Sake has far more moisturizing elements such as glycerol, or glycerin, and amino acids than other alcoholic beverages. Those elements are often used in cosmetics. If you put a little bit of sake to your bath it will have moisturizing and heat-retention effects on your skin.
It has not been found yet which substances in the sake are responsible for this effect. However, some researchers attribute it to the interactions among hundreds of nutrients in the sake such as: amino acids, organic acids, saccharides, vitamins, nucleic acids and esters.
10. Prevent allergies
Sake helps prevent allergies by applying it to your body or drinking it.
Sake and Koji contain 5 types of substances that prevent the enzyme called Cathepsin B, the main cause of an allergy. So, moderate intake of sake may prevent allergies from pollen, food and house dust mites.
Some research report that atopic eczema can be relieved by applying sake to the affected part. They attribute this to the moisturizing effect of the sake.
11. Prevent overweight
Some people (even Japanese) have a wrong perception that the sake is fattening because it contains carbs (sugar). However, sake calories are not as high as you think, actually lower than beer for the same standard drink.
Additionally, sake and sake lees contain substances that prevent the absorption of starch and promote the absoption of protein. So sake may prevent overweight, but, of course, it only applies to moderate drinking.
12. Skin whitening
Sake, Sake lees and Koji have a variety of substances that prevent the performance of melanin, the main cause of sun spots, age spots and freckles. No wonder why the sake brewery workers have smooth, white hands.
13. Prevent rough skin
Sake has been used as a skin toner for centuries in Japan. This is because sake contains plenty of saccharides and amino acids which are now used as cosmetic materials. Some research has found that sake contains α-Ethyl Glucoside (α-EG) which gives bitterness to the taste of the sake. This α-EG treats rough skin through cornification of epidermal cells. This is why sake has been used for cosmetics and bath in Japan.
So, did you ever think that the sake reduces mortality, cancer risks, prevents all kinds of diseases etc?
Remember that all these benefits from the sake do not apply to heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking will reverse most of the sake health benefits to serious problems. Please drink moderately if you care for your health.