Tequila is synonymous with many things – most notably face distorting shots in the very early hours of the morning – but ‘miracle cure’ has never been one of them. That is, until now.
Research is revealing that there might be more to this spirit than first meets the eye, including some surprising health benefits like stronger bones, improved digestion and reducing the risk of diabetes.
Stronger bones :
That’s right, Mexico’s Scientists at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies have discovered that Tequila helps promote strong bones. How? Researchers found that the agave component of tequila actually enhances absorption of calcium in the body!
And the benefits of calcium don’t stop at strong bones – your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. Some studies even suggest that calcium, along with vitamin D, may have benefits beyond bone health: perhaps protecting against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
So, why not get the most out of your milk by complimenting it with a bit of Tequila? (probably best to avoid mixing them together, though).
Improved digestion :
Much like drinking Tequila, the biggest issue with eating too much is standing up afterwards. If you find this the case then try sipping a little Tequila post-dinner, it may be just what you need.
This is because Tequila contains the dietary fibre, inulin. Add to this the large amount of probiotics found in the fructans, which naturally occur in agave, and you can be certain your digestion is well on track.
Diabetes preventative :
Tequila’s inherent digestive benefits are clear, but could it go as far as to help restrict the chance of someone getting diabetes? Researchers from the American Chemical Society believe so.
These clever-clogs found that the sugar component of agave (agavina) in Tequila, actually helps to lower sugar levels – a key factor in preventing diabetes. This is great news for fellow imbibers suffering from this life-changing disease as it eases some of the inherent issues that they come across when drinking alcohol.
A better hangover :
But enough with the notable health benefits, the one question all drinkers want an answer to is, what drink will give you the best hangover? Well it looks like Tequila once again comes to the rescue, with agave providing your body a modest barrier from the all-too well known consequences of a big night. But not so fast!
Before you start throwing back warm shooters of Jose Cuervo in your local student bar, you need to understand that most of the unique health benefits of Tequila are linked to its primary ingredient, blue agave. Unfortunately, not all Tequilas are made with 100% blue agave, so you’ll have to be careful what you choose.
Currently, Mexican law only requires Tequila producers to use +50% blue agave in their spirits which has has led some producers (Jose Cuervo in their Especial, for instance) to use the very minimum, 51%. Choosing one of these Tequilas not only means that you’re missing out on half the amazing flavour, but also half of the amazing health benefits!
In other words, if you’re looking for a tasty Tequila that also doubles as a miracle cure-all, then we strongly suggest you look for something a little purer.
One of our personal favourites is Casa Dragones Tequila. Made from 100% blue agave, this Tequila was labelled by Conde Nast’s Epicurious as “The best blanco tequila around”, with a smoothness that challenges even the finest malt scotch. Simply put, this tequila is the epitome of easy sipping – and with health benefits like stronger bones and improved digestion, how can you say no?
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