Tequila keeps the bones strong and healthy, new study shows

By Kim Abrahams
11 May 2017

New research has concluded that a substance found in the tequilana plant could help boost calcium and magnesium levels.

All those Tequila shots you’ve downed during a night on the town might have been good for you.

New research has concluded that a substance found in the tequilana plant – yes, tequila is made from a plant – could help boost calcium and magnesium levels in the bones, which helps in keeping them strong.

Scientists at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico have found that a blue variety of the tequila agave plant improves the absorption of the minerals.

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They even discovered that sugars from the plant could be used to treat osteoporosis, a condition that affects around 200 million people worldwide and is caused by the weakening of the bones.

The tequila plant. Photo: pixabay.com The tequila plant. Photo: pixabay.com

“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,” says Dr Mercedes López, leader of the study.

The researchers led the experiment on mice.

They removed the ovaries from the female mice, which brought about osteoporosis.

The mice were then fed sugars from the tequila plant.

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About two months later, the scientists took samples of the mice’s bones to compare the results.

“It was found that mice that consumed these fructans (sugars) synthesised nearly 50 percent more of such protein, in addition, that the diameter of their bones was higher compared with the subjects who were not supplied with derivatives of the agave,” says Dr López.

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects mostly women after menopause.  It occurs when the body fails to replace the old bone with new. As a result, the skeleton becomes porous and weak.

So while scientists aren’t giving us the green light to give in to the chants of ‘shots, shots, shots!’ it’s a finding that will sure make a lot of people happy.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, metro.co.uk

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