Tequila often gets a bad rep, because – hangovers. And while you might know all about the dreaded aftermath of overindulging on this spirit (hi, May 6), you may not know about the many health benefits this drink, and the plant it comes from, has to offer:
A Relaxing Nightcap
Shooting back multiple shots of any liquor is bound to leave you passed out on the floor, but having a small glass of tequila before bed can provide the same effect without the morning regret. Try sipping 1 to 1.5 ounces before bed, not only can it help you relax and fall asleep faster, it may also help you sleep more soundly.
Reduces Blood Sugar
A sweetener created from the agave plant – the same plant that gives us tequila – could be used as an alternative sweetening agent in the near future according to scientists. Researchers found that agavins (not to be confused with agave syrup), helped reduce food intake, aided with weight loss and caused a decrease in blood glucose levels when tested in mice.
So while agavin is not yet available on store shelves, in the near future you might find yourself blending up a margarita with a splash of agavin instead of a sugary pre-made mix.
The acid in your stomach destroys many drugs before they even have the chance to be absorbed into your body, making drug delivery to the colon particularly challenging to physicians. A break-through came when chemists at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico identified compounds derived from the blue agave that could provide a natural, more effective way to deliver drugs to the colon. This discovery could result in improved treatments for patients who suffer from IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis and even cancer!
Cures the Common Cold
We’ve all heard that it’s important to drink “plenty of fluids” when you’re feeling under the weather. While most people would think to drink orange juice or tea, if you were living in Mexico during the 1930s, you might have found your doctor mixing up the following creation as a cold remedy:
- .5 oz tequila blanco
- .5 oz agave nectar (reduces intestinal bacteria and relieves a sore throat)
- .5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice (high in Vitamin C)
So this Cinco de Mayo drink-up (responsibly) for your health – doctor’s orders!