From boosting your bone health to helping you lose weight, here’s how tequila – if it’s high quality, 100 per cent agave tequila – could be good for you.
Five surprising health benefits of tequila:
1. It’s good for your bones
According to research by a Mexican scientist, the plant from which tequila is made – the blue weber agave plant – contains substances that enhance the absorption of calcium and magnesium in the body, both of which are essential minerals for maintaining bone health.
2. It’s one of the best alcoholic drinks for fitness fans
On the whole, alcohol is not conducive to burning fat or building muscle. But everyone – perhaps especially those training hard – needs to let their hair down from time to time. And when they do, top personal trainer and owner of Reach gym in Clapham, South London, Rich Tidmarsh, suggests people stick to high quality white spirits like tequila, rather than wine or beer.
“For guys, the booze you choose can have a big effect on your hormones. Ale and lagers create an environment where oestrogen can thrive – the ultimate nightmare for guys looking to add muscle. So pick up two or three tequilas (not 10) rather than your trendy craft beer.”
3. It aids digestion
Whilst tequila may not be your go-to post-meal digestif, studies suggest it may actually be the best choice to help you digest your food. The agave plant contains high levels of inulin, which helps the digestive system by growing good bacteria.
What’s more, some people suggest taking a shot before a meal in a bid to boost metabolism and then one afterwards to aid digestion.
4. It’s been linked to weight loss
Research has found that tequila can help lower your blood sugar. Agavins are the sugars which occur naturally in the agave plant – they are non-digestible which means they act as a dietary fibre and also support growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines.
Agavins have been shown to help people feel fuller and thus eat less too.
5. It can aid sleep
Although it’s often considered a party drink, tequila actually relaxes people by calming nerves, and it’s for this reason it’s thought to be helpful for insomniacs. However it’s important not to depend on any one substance in order to nod off.