Red wine has been giving me problems lately. I notice my legs swell up everytime I drink red wine. Something about it (maybe the sulfite content?) has been giving me circulation problems.
Anyhow, I've been reading up on sake- and its medicinal value. Not sure how accurate this is, but according to this site, sake helps lower cholesterol and prevents cancer:
What's your view on sake?
"Sake prevents liver cancer: Statistical data in Japan indicate that the death rates due to cirrhosis liver (hardening) and liver
cancer are low in Tohoku district in Japan where the consumption rate of sake is the essence of sake, but no whisky and
brandy have such effect. Which chemical substances in sake are responsible to this is still a subject of research.
Most chemotherapy and radiotherapy kill both cancer cells and healthy cells. They also decrease lymphocytes, the natural
inhibitors of cancer cells. Better way of fighting against cancer is to activate NK cells or LAK cells. Professor Okada of Aichi
University, Japan, has found that sakekasu increases the effects of NK lymphocytes that kill cancer cells. More recent medical
research indicates that sake and sakekasu both include such substances that inhibit the cells of bladder cancer, prostrate
cancer and uterus cancer. The best part of sakekasu is that it is a food and has no medical side effects.
Stress reduction: Sake like other alcoholic beverages removes stress, promotes appetite, and improves human relations.
Sake increases good cholesterol: Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the blood stream and in
all cells in the body. It is an important part of a healthy body because it is used to form cell membranes, some hormones and
other needed tissues. Cholesterol level is thought to be high if in the range between 200 and239, desirable if less than 200."