Get your salted rims and limes ready! There’s now yet another reason to drink tequila: bone health. We already know that tequila helps digestion and can balance gut bacteria, but a new study published by scientists at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico theorizes that regular moderate consumption of tequila could help prevent the advance of osteoporosis.
Blue agave — the variety that’s found in tequila — can help improve magnesium absorption, which is essential for strong bones.
“The consumption of fructans contained in the agave [plant], in collaboration with adequate intestinal microbiota, promotes the formation of new bone, even with the presence of osteoporosis,” Dr. Mercedes Lopez, a co-author of the study, said in a statement.
The study found that after eight weeks of consuming fructans from the agave plant, lab mice had improved bone density. Lopez hopes that this could signal future alternative treatments for bone diseases.