Can Tequila Help Your Bones Stay Strong? Recent Study is Good News for Margarita-Lovers

Can Tequila Help Your Bones Stay Strong? Recent Study is Good News for Margarita-Lovers

Is it just a coincidence that Cinco de Mayo is coming up?

By Tamara Palmer

Had a little too much tequila last night? Take heart. The spirit might help fight osteoporosis, the crippling bone disease, says a new study. 

Sort of, anyway. According to ScienceDailyDr. Mercedes López of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico published a study finding that the blue agave plant (Agave tequilana) contains substances that show dramatic bone-generating potential in mice with osteoporosis; she posits that it could do the same in humans. The disease affects three million new people—particularly womenevery year.

While sites like Vinepair have quickly jumped on the findings, declaring that "Drinking Tequila Is Good For Your Bones Says New Study," you shouldn't necessarily take that as a license to suck down shots like it's Cinco de Mayo all year. Dr. López's experiments haven't exactly gotten the mice drunk on tequila; rather, the mice have ingested blue agave fructose molecules called fructans. Still, if you combine these encouraging findings with previously published mice studies that say tequila can help you lose weight and help with diabetes, maybe a little tequila here and there isn't the worst idea in the world.

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