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Is Saki Rice Wine Good for You?

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author image Nicki Wolf
Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Is Saki Rice Wine Good for You?
A glass and carafe of sake on a wooden table. Photo Credit deeepblue/iStock/Getty Images

Japanese wine is called sake. It derives from fermented rice and generally contains an alcohol content of 15 to 17 percent. Like all alcoholic beverages, drinking sake rice wine can trigger health problems if you drink too much, although there are health benefits associated with sake as well.

Alcohol Consumption

Sake rice wine is an alcoholic beverage, containing 37.5 g of alcohol per 8 oz. serving. As with all alcoholic beverages, you should moderate your consumption of sake; one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men is considered moderate intake. Heavier drinking may damage your liver and may trigger a variety of other conditions as well, including cancer, heart disease and pancreatitis.

Provides Selenium

One of the health benefits of sake is the wine's selenium content; an 8-oz. portion of sake contains 3.3 micrograms. Adults require 55 micrograms of selenium each day. You can further boost your selenium intake further by serving sake rice wine with sushi -- tuna, flounder and scallops are all good sources of selenium.

Effect on the Stomach

Drinking alcohol can be rough on your stomach, but drinking sake rice wine is better for you than other varieties of alcohol. Research published in the February 2006 issue of "Digestive Diseases and Sciences" indicates that in a study carried out on rats, sake proved to be less of a mucosal irritant than whiskey. As such, switching to sake instead of another alcoholic beverage may be a smart choice if you suffer from stomach ulcers or gastritis.

May Improve Skin

You do not have to consume sake rice wine to reap its benefits -- it may have benefits when applied topically. A study featured in the 2010 edition of "Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry" suggests that a compound in sake, when applied directly to the skin, improves skin elasticity by stimulating sensory neurons. This study was performed on rats, so more studies are needed to determine if this finding correlates to humans.

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