Originating in Switzerland, Goldschläger is a cinnamon schnapps which packs a mighty 43.5% alcohol by volume (Interesting fact Goldschläger actually reduced from the original amount of 53.5%!). Goldschläger is now produced in Italy (though it still holds the German name, which means ‘Gold Beater’ – the professional term for those who beat gold bars into the millimetre thick sheets known as ‘Gold Leaf’).
Fact Goldschläger Has Real Gold In It!
Goldschläger is particularly distinctive for the flakes of gold leaf that float about in the bottle like a snow globe. Don’t run off to the pawnbrokers just yet though, the amount of gold in there is less than 1/10 of a gram, and is worth less than a dollar.
However, what are the effects of consuming gold? Well, as it turns out; humans have been using gold (and other precious metals) in medicine and food for thousands of years.
Some of the earliest accounts of the use of gold for such purposes come from over 5000 years ago in Alexandria, Egypt. The ancient Egyptians believed that ingesting gold provided mental, bodily and spiritual purification. Alchemists of Alexandria developed various elixirs in which small amounts of gold were present in order to enliven, rejuvenate, and provide a supposed cure for a multitude of diseases.
Many Chinese still believe in the restorative properties of gold; in rural China, you may encounter peasants who cook their rice with a gold coin in order to replenish the mineral in their bodies. Even in the West, you might come across a fancy Chinese restaurant that puts stunning 24 karat gold-leaf in their food as decoration!
Gold –like silver- has antibacterial and antiparasitic properties; they have even begun to use ‘nanoparticles’ of silver and gold to sterilise medical equipment.
But does consuming Gold really have any effect on human health? Well, to answer that question, we’d first have to look at some of the properties of Gold.
Gold –like silver- has antibacterial and antiparasitic properties; they have even begun to use ‘nanoparticles’ of silver and gold to sterilise medical equipment. Gold is also a great conductor of electricity, and can be hammered thinner than any other metal without breaking (a block of gold the size of a deck of playing cards could theoretically be hammered out to cover an entire tennis court). It also never wears, corrodes or tarnishes.