In today’s health-conscious age, people are taking a greater interest in what exactly the foods and drinks they put into their bodies are doing, and this includes alcohol. Obviously, it would be impossible to find an alcohol that is 100 percent good for you no matter what its calorie or vitamin content might be, but then again, the same could be said of just about any food that isn’t a green vegetable.

That said, there are a number of functional spirits out there that may offer some benefits aside from just getting you drunk.

Abita Purple Haze

A number of studies have linked the consumption of foods high in antioxidants with improved heart health, as well as with possibly preventing certain types of cell damage. Antioxidants are found in various types of beer thanks to the barley used to make them, but antioxidants can be found in especially high concentrations in beers like Abita Purple Haze, a lager that is made with hefty dose of real raspberries. Purple Haze actually contains so many raspberries that you can even see the pulp in the beer, which is what gives it the purplish color that explains its name.

Purple Haze might be a little sweeter and fruitier than some of the lagers you are probably used to, but it is also surprisingly low in calories, coming in at just 128 calories per serving. This is still a bit high compared to some of the beers that are marketed as being lower in calories, but it is still better than many other beers on the market.

Located about 30 miles north of New Orleans, the Abita Brewing Company also boasts that its beers are made without preservatives, additives, or stabilizers, and on top of that, it uses a special brewing process that it says is 70 percent more energy efficient than traditional methods, making it one of the greenest breweries in the country.

Bellion Vodka


Scientists have made many attempts at producing substances that would allow you to enjoy alcohol while also protecting you from some of its more harmful effects, and Bellion Vodka have managed to actually create one such substance: NTX.

Bellion calls NTX “a proprietary blend of FDA approved ingredients” that can potentially reduce some of the negative effects of alcohol. Federal regulations prevent Bellion from actually saying what NTX is supposed to protect against, but in a recent petition filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Bellion suggests that clinical trials have shown that NTX can reduce the risk of liver damage caused by alcohol by a significant amount.

If Bellion’s claims are true, NTX could certainly make a number of cocktails a little more guilt free, and if nothing else, vodka is one of the better alcohol choices if you are counting calories.

Dr. Jekyll’s Craft Beer

Dr Jekyll's Craft Beer

If you are looking for brewery that personifies the modern health-conscious food movement, then you need look no further than Dr. Jekyll’s, a Vermont-based beer maker that says it is “the world’s first and only non GMO, vegan friendly, craft beer made with organic hops and malt that is brewed with super foods in a synergistic way.”

That may sound like one big hipstery mouthful (complete with hipster mustache logo), but Dr Jekyll’s also promises a few unique twists on beer aside from being non-GMO and vegan. According to the brewery’s website, its beers are made with a wide range of so-called “super foods” such as flaxseed oil, algal oil, turmeric, marigold oil, cinnamon oil, ginger oil, and clove oil.

Dr Jekyll’s says that its ingredients take advantage of a proprietary brewing method that “nano-encapsulates” the essential oils, allowing them to be mixed into the beer without floating to the top or giving the drink an oily mouth-feel.

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