When you think of “health foods,” tequila certainly does not come to mind but you’d be surprised to know that the Mexican spirit has some amazing health benefits.
According to recent findings by researchers at Mexico's Center for Research and Advanced Studies, there is a link between tequila and osteoporosis.
The study's results, which were published to ScienceDaily, showed that the blue agave used in making tequila contains substances that improve the "absorption of calcium and magnesium, essential minerals to maintain bone health."
The lead researcher, Dr. Mercedes Lopez states that “the consumption of fructans contained in the agave, in collaboration with adequate intestinal microbiota, promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis.”
So not only could Tequila aid in the prevention of bone density loss but it could also help with lessening the severity of the loss in individuals who already suffer from osteoporosis.
Dr. Lopez and her team carried out the study using female mice with osteoporosis who were fed fructose molecules from blue agave. Femur samples were obtained eight weeks later and they showed signs of new bone growth.
"It was found that mice that consumed this fructans synthesized nearly 50 percent more of such protein, in addition that the diameter of their bones was higher compared with the subjects which were not supplied with derivatives of the agave."
But there's a catch...