The incredible health benefits of drinking rice wine

It's nearly impossible to not enjoy a good glass of wine, right? But what if we told you that one wine in particular comes with many different health perks? And no, it's not the classic glass of red you're thinking of. Popular across Asia, rice wine is the tasty, and potentially benefit-laden, addition your bar cart might be missing. According to entrepreneur and writer, Michael Rucker, this type of wine is made with the help of yeast, water, and of course, steamed rice through a process called microbial fermentation. Also, interestingly, rice wine has several names such as sake in Japan, brem in Bali, and makgeolli and takju in Korea. For the most part, rice wine is believed to have many health benefits. 

But before you rush out to buy yourself a bottle, it's worth noting that rice wine isn't very complicated to prepare at home. One Redditor wrote that they've been experimenting with the drink and have found it easy to brew. They wrote, "Pretty new to the whole homebrew scene but I've been experimenting with making rice wine at home for the last year or so. It's super easy and only requires a few items."

There are several health benefits that rice wine has been known to provide

First things first. According to Michael Rucker, it's important to remember that compared to other types of wine, rice wine has higher amounts of alcohol, somewhere around 18 to 25 percent. Other types of wine usually have 10 to 20 percent alcohol. Basically, what you need to keep in mind is that you should enjoy rice wine in moderation to avoid side-effects such as dizziness or a nasty hangover.

When consumed correctly though, researchers have indicated over the years that rice wine can have several health benefits. For instance, it is believed that rice wine can potentially help prevent cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Microbiology and Technology. Secondly, its antioxidant qualities can help get rid of free radicals in your body and can possibly strengthen your immune system. Plus, rice wine can also help maintain a healthy gut by fighting harmful bacteria and benefitting your digestive system.

There's more good news. Rice can help your skin glow and fight against aging and also ramp up your metabolism at the same time. Talk about impressive. So, when are you going to start brewing your first batch?