Cretan Raki – Tsikoudia contains about 38% alcohol, which classifies it as the most alcoholic beverage category and its consumption must be made in moderation. The tsikoudia, over a “social communication” tool, seems to have positive benefits to people’s health when consuming it wisely, that is 1-2 glasses a day. These are:Because of the presence of alcohol, it causes vasodilation and reduces blood pressure.
It has antimicrobial properties, so it is also used in many treatments for colds, fever and headaches.
It is associated with a reduction in deaths from cardiovascular and non-fatal myocardial infarctions.
Improves levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (body mass index, total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, glucose, insulin).
It reduces the ability of platelets to adhere to the blood molecules responsible for thrombosis.
Of course, it should be stressed that the beneficial properties of tsikoudia are achieved when the individual has adopted a more general right lifestyle, including:
-A balanced Mediterranean diet.
-Daily physical activity.
-Abstinence from smoking.
And as you say in Crete:
“Sickness that can’t be healed with Tsikoudia … is serious enough”
source: Elias Stelina Dietician Nutritionist