Right around Cinco de Mayo, I heard a story on the radio about the connection between Tequila and bone health. To people of a certain age, such news sounds like the perfect reason for a party. I had to look further into it.
We lose bone mass as we age. 90% of our bone mass is gained by the age of 18 for women, 20 for men. This bone mass can keep growing until about age 30, depending upon nutrition, lifestyle, and activity level. After these golden years of development, bones reach their peak and then begin to degrade due to mineral loss, cartilage loss, muscle atrophy, gravity, use, and overuse. Over time we lose height, strength, and endurance; our bones become more brittle. Appropriate exercise and good nutrition can slow this degradation. Some studies now show that tequila can also have a positive impact on bone health.
As an adult of a certain age who enjoys the occasional celebratory margarita, I found this news easy to swallow. Though alcohol consumption has not typically been linked to bone health, new studies show that agave fructans (agave is the key ingredient in tequila; fructans are polymers of fructose molecules, non-digestible carbs) can have a positive effect on mineral absorption and bone mineral content.
According to the American Chemical Society, “Foods spiked with fructans from the agave plant may help protect against osteoporosis by boosting the body’s absorption of calcium…Experimental studies suggest that fructans may be beneficial in diabetes, obesity, stimulating the immune system of the body, decreasing levels of disease-causing bacteria in the intestine, relieving constipation, and reducing the risk of colon cancer.” (www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2010/march/ingredient-in-tequila-plant-may-fight-osteoporosis-and-other-diseases.html)
A study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website (part of the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health) investigated the effects of agave fructans on mineral absorption with the following results: “Scanning electron microscopy showed that fructans were able to mitigate bone loss. In conclusion, we demonstrated that supplementation with Agave fructans prevents bone loss and improves bone formation.” (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25069021)
Further investigation reveals other wonderful health claims associated with the magic that is tequila: it helps lower blood pressure, fights cholesterol, can aid in weight loss, and helps regulate fat absorption
While scientific studies have not yet been conducted on Blossom Water, we do love the promise its agave content holds. So why not, enjoy more Blossom Water? And for that the occasional celebratory moment, add a splash of tequila for good measure and possible good bone health. Who knows? It might just be good for you. We know it will taste amazing.