Tequila could reduce risk of osteoporosis

Research at Mexico’s Centre for Research and Advance Studies has shown that the blue variety of the plant Agave Tequilana has substances that aid the absorption of minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium that are essential for the formation of and maintenance of healthy bones.

The team led by Dr. Mercedes Lopez, fed fructose from the blue plant Agave Tequilana (from which Tequila drinks are made) to mice and examined their femur bone sample 8 weeks later and also measured the absorption of minerals (like Calcium and Magnesium) and a protein called osteocalcin (it s present when new bones are formed).

The team found that mice that consumed the fructose had 50 percent more osteocalcin (which meant new bone was being formed) and also the diameter of the femur bone was more than in mice that did not receive the fructose.

This discovery is likely to be useful in the prevention of osteoporosis in humans; about 200 million people globally suffer from osteoporosis.

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