- Publish Date
- Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:02PM
Tequila fans, you now have another reason to drink up!
According to a new study a shot of tequila may help your bones stay strong and healthy.
The study, conducted by scientists at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico, says that tequila contains substances – found in the blue Agave tequilana plant – that enhance the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium, which are both needed for good bone health.
The scientists tested mice that had weak and brittle bones with agave fructans and two months later found the mice produced 50 percent more osteocalcin, which is the protein that confirms the production of new bone.
The diameter of the bones in the mice was also higher after feeding them the agave fructans.
Dr. Mercedes López, who lead the study, concluded that “the consumption of fructans contained in the agave, in collaboration with adequate intestinal micriobiota, promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis.”