6 Health Benefits of Tequila

If you’re thinking of celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a tequila cocktail this year, keep reading—it turns out that the agave plant that tequila comes from has some potential health benefits.

Tequila can help you regulate your weight.
Agavins, the type of natural sugar the comes from the agave plant (which is used to make tequila) may help you control your weight, according to researchers. When they studied the effects of agavins on mice, they found that mice who consumed agavins ate less overall and produced a hormone that keeps the stomach fuller longer.

Tequila can be beneficial for those with diabetes.
The same study found that consuming agavins helped the mice produce insulin and lower blood glucose levels, which could be good news for people who suffer from diabetes.

Tequila can lower cholesterol.
Agavins may also lower triglycerides in the blood and lower cholesterol, according to research from 2012. Cheers!

Tequila may help treat IBS and Crohn’s.
When it comes to treating ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, Crohn’s, and other colon disease, physicians may soon look to tequila. Drug delivery to the colon can be challenging, since stomach acids often destroy drugs before they reach the intestine. But scientists in Mexico have found that certain tequila compounds can be used as drug carriers, resisting destruction by stomach acids.

Tequila may cut your risk of osteoporosis.

The fructans in the agave plant may boost the body’s absorption of calcium, protecting against osteoporosis, according to some researchers. Mice fed agave fructans also excreted less calcium in their feces, and had a 50 percent boost in levels of a protein associated with the buildup of new bone tissue.

Tequila may even be good for the Earth.

…As an eco-friendly alternative to gasoline, that is. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England are looking to the agave plant as a possible biofuel source. Since it can be grown even in desert land, there’s a lower risk to wildlife.

Of course, pounding six shots of tequila isn’t going to do wonders for your health. As with all alcohol, moderation is key!