According to Mexican researchers, agave, the plant from which tequila is made, may help fight osteoporosis and other bone diseases through one of its components.

Agave, as well as artichokes, garlic, onions, and chicory, is a powerful natural source of fructans, non-edible carbohydrates that consist of molecules of fructose joined together into chains.

Experimental studies indicate that fructans could be helpful for patients with diabetes or obesity, to stimulate the immune system, to decrease levels of bacteria that cause intestinal illness, to relieve constipation, and to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Fructans have also been shown to stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the large intestine, boosting the body’s assimilation of minerals, including calcium and magnesium, essential for bone growth.  So, even though it is not a tequila shot per se, fructans may do a lot of good to a sick person’s bones.

Mercedes Lopez, from the National Polytechnic Institute in Guanajuato, tested the agave fructans on mice bone growth.  The sample fed with agave fructans absorbed more calcium from food, expelled less calcium in their feces and increased in 50% their levels of a protein associated with the development of new bone tissue, all three, conditions that were not observed in other mice.

The natural conclusion is that by enriching the mice’s normal diet with agave fructans, bone loss was prevented and bone formation was enhanced.  This suggests that agave fructans may play an important part in maintaining bone health.

Agave fructans can be used in many products for children and infants to inhibit several illnesses, and also used as a sugar substitute in ice cream.

Lopez clarifies that the conventional tequila shot is actually not an option since fructans become alcohol when agave is processed into the drink.

Ask your pharmaceutical consultant for more information or research on agave fructans; there’s no better source of valid information and advice in the pharmaceutical industry.

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