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Tequila Is Good for Your Bones

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The next time someone tells you that milk does a body good, tell them you’ll take a nice Paloma instead. According to a study from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico, tequila helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium, leading to stronger bones—making the agave-based spirit part of a healthy diet...kind of.

According to Science Daily, the study found that fructans (sugar molecules contained in blue agave, the plant from which tequila is made) help lab mice produce more osteocalcin, a critical component of new bones, and grow thicker bones. Project leader Dr. Mercedes López attributed the effects to an interaction between the fructans and bacteria in the intestines, which allows the sugar molecules to capture nutrients passing through the digestive system and help transport them to bone cells.

The researchers hope to use the discovery to help patients with osteoporosis. For us, though, it’s a great excuse to host a Sangrita party. Along with reducing inflammation and fighting off the flu, liquor’s newly discovered bone-enhancing effects practically make booze a superfood.

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