James Bond’s Elixir of Life?

18 Jan

“007’s profound state of health may be due, at least in part, to compliant bartenders.”

If only all prescriptions could be so good.

In our quest to bring to light all the awesome stuff the literary James Bond does that contributes to his kick-ass  daily life, we have to look at his vices as well as his more healthy habits. The character does a hell of a lot of drinking and smoking when compared with what might be considered acceptable in this day and age.

But what if it turned out that those 007 behaviors that we 21st Century folk think of as being detrimental to ones health turned out to actually be good for you?

This article from the British Medical Journal (1999) presents some fascinating research:

“As Mr. Bond is not afflicted by cataracts or cardiovascular disease, an investigation was conducted to determine whether the mode of preparing martinis has an influence on their antioxidant capacity.”

It is concluded that 007’s signature “shaken, not stirred” martini is “more effective in deactivating hydrogen peroxide than the stirred variety…” The H2O2 is a source of free radicals that can contribute to ageing and disease and the martinis are counteracting its negative effects.

So, I’m taking this as evidence that drinking martinis in the James Bond fashion is not only badass but also beneficial to my health.

Thanks, Medical Science!

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