Tequila is good for a lot of things—like getting tipsy and pretending you can salsa. But while tequila is essentially fun, the plant that it’s made from could have some surprising health benefits.
According to Science Daily, a researcher from Mexico says that the blue variety of the agave plant used to make tequila could actually strengthen bones and fight osteoporosis.
Mercedes López, a scientist at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute in central Mexico, says that her research has shown that substances in Agave tequiliana, or blue agave, can improve the absorption of calcium and magnesium—minerals vital for bone health.
When the agave makes its way to the gut, microbiota—all the trillions of fun little bacteria that live in your gross stomach—ferment the agave, which is then better able to transport other minerals in the digestive system throughout the body. Ultimately, that led to stronger bones in mice.
But that’s not it for agave’s potential health benefits: In 2014, López found that a natural form of sugar in agave known as agavins could help people with diabetes lower their blood sugar. Agavins aren’t digestible, so eating them doesn’t raise blood sugar, as normal sugar does.
Agavins could also help obese people lose weight. In a study, mice who were fed agavins also ate less, as consuming agavins leads to a feeling of fullness. The only downside is that they aren’t as sweet as some other sweeteners. López noted that agavins are not the same as agave syrups, which don’t have the same health benefits.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean you should go out and chug tequila if you’re a diabetic person with osteoporosis: Do that and you’ll likely wind up with a new health concern to deal with.
But if someone tells us that Tequila is good for you in any way then we’re happy! Head down to your local UKCN venue and try some of the delicious Tequila’s we have on offer.