The truth about tequila and your bones

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Tequila may reverse osteoporosis!

Consuming tequila is nice in your bones!

Have a Third Margarita — As a result of Tequila’s Nice for Your Bones!

Discuss deceptive headlines! These are prime examples.

It’s true {that a} newly printed examine discovered {that a} substance in tequila (known as agave tequilana, or tequila agave) may assist preserve bone well being. And that it may result in new therapies for osteoporosis. However think about the main points:

  • The examine was carried out on mice who had had their ovaries eliminated. That is certainly not an ideal mannequin for human osteoporosis.
  • The mice had been handled with a sort of agave tequilana, not tequila, for less than eight weeks.
  • When put next with untreated mice, the handled mice had been discovered to have bigger thigh bones, and samples of their thigh bones contained extra of a protein linked with bone progress (known as osteocalcin). Nevertheless, there was no long-term therapy with agave tequilana past the preliminary eight weeks, nor was there any evaluation of whether or not this therapy would stop osteoporosis.

The researchers urged that sugars within the agave tequilana interacted with micro organism within the intestinal tracts of the mice to encourage absorption of minerals wanted to construct bones. So, a “wholesome intestinal microbiome” may be required for this strategy to work.

What’s the catch?

I believe this new analysis is intriguing. It’s completely attainable that sure kinds of agave (a plant that produces a honey-like nectar) may prove to assist individuals preserve or enhance bone well being. And contemplating the well being impacts of osteoporosis — hip fractures, lack of mobility, and problems that may result in loss of life in some instances — such an advance can’t come too quickly.

However any examine in animals needs to be thought-about extremely preliminary. It’s merely unknown whether or not the outcomes of this examine apply to people. As well as, the animals didn’t drink tequila. They had been handled with a chemical present in tequila. So, the suggestion that we (people) may enhance our bone well being by consuming margaritas is, in my opinion, only a approach to seize consideration. Even when we may quick ahead a couple of years and make sure that agave tequilana improves human bone well being, it’s unlikely that the therapy could be within the type of tequila.

Sadly, many individuals don’t learn previous the headlines. That is one time when that may be hazardous. The well being influence of the alcohol in tequila — and the sugar content material of agave — are simply two of a number of “downsides” that might come about when you had been frightened about your bone well being and took the headlines too actually.

Haven’t we been right here earlier than?

This new examine on “tequila for osteoporosis” jogs my memory of previous research touting the well being advantages of chocolate, wine, or espresso. The identical week because the tequila story broke, different researchers reported that sure substances in purple wine and low may enhance cardiovascular well being by altering the intestinal micro organism. Once more, the examine was in mice.

Claims that a few of our favourite meals and drinks are literally good for us usually are not new. Some claims are higher supported than others. For instance, the proof that espresso consumption might cut back the incidence of sure kinds of liver illness in people is compelling. Nonetheless, it’s comparatively uncommon that medical doctors truly “prescribe” these meals to forestall or deal with illness. Maybe they need to. However, enthusiasm for doing so is tempered by issues that extreme consumption might trigger different, unhealthy results.

Stand by

We’ll want way more analysis earlier than tequila or something in it may be really helpful for bone well being, or another well being concern. Till then, I hope medical writers — and readers — can be cautious in how they interpret preliminary analysis. It’s one factor to hope that what you want can be good for you. It’s fairly one other for that to be any greater than wishful considering.

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