Tequila May Combat Osteoporosis

Updated: May 1, 2020

Tequila Agave Plant

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Can tequila combat osteoporosis?

Not exactly.

But the plant used to distill tequila on the other hand, could.

Agave tequilana, commonly called blue agave or tequila agave is an agave plant that is produced in Jalisco, Mexico. This plant is well-known to be the star component in tequila (as it is the base ingredient). Although more recently, blue agave nectar or agave syrup is gaining popularity as a new natural sweetener.

Some research has shown tequila may help with Psoriatic arthritis and joint pain relief, although further investigation is needed.

But recent research (1) now shows that this plant could also have new significant health benefits: it appears it may combat osteoporosis.

Substance In Tequila Plant May Combat Osteoporosis

A study at Mexico’s Centre for Research & Advance Studies indicates that the blue range of plant Agave Tequilana contains substances that help with the absorption of bone-building minerals calcium and magnesium.

The team guided by Doctor Mercedes Lopez, came to this conclusion by removing ovaries from female mice (in order to induce osteoporosis) and administered agave fructans. (Fructans are indigestible carbohydrates that are made up of chains of fructose molecules)

After eight weeks, they analyzed femur bone samples to measure the absorption of minerals (calcium and magnesium) and also a protein known as osteocalcin.

The team discovered that the mice who were administered the agave fructans synthesized nearly 50% more osteocalcin than the mice who did not. Much more encouraging, the size (in diameter) of the femur bones were higher compared to the mice who were not given the agave fructans.

How Your Gut Plays a Role in Bone HealthKimchi, Sauerkraut, Kefir - Gut Health and Tequila Agave

You can’t digest fructans as they are indigestible carbohydrates. But the good news is, your friendly gut bacteria can – and they love fructans!

Studies have demonstrated that fructans increase the absorption of several minerals including calcium and magnesium and trace minerals such as iron and zinc. (2)

You see, when fructans reach your large intestinal tract and interact with the microbiota that are living there, they become short chain fatty acids.

These fatty acids are crucial in catching minerals available in your intestinal tract. They also help to transport them through your cells.

“This way, we have a second chance to take advantage of the nutrients that were no longer available to the body. However, it is very important that people have a healthy intestinal microbiome, because only then it is possible that bacteria ferment fructans to transform them into fatty acids,” says lead researcher Dr. Lopez.

Quick tips to maintain a healthy gut: remove toxins from your diet, eat fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir. And finally, manage stress.

This and past research shows that consuming agave fructans and getting healthy amounts of intestinal flora, may assist in promoting healthy bone density and increased mineral absorption – even when osteoporosis is induced in pet models.

If human trials find the same results, agave fructans may be the next big food/ supplement.


  1. García-Vieyra MI1, Del Real A, López MG.  Agave fructans: their effect on mineral absorption and bone mineral content. J Med Food. 2014 Nov;17(11):1247-55. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2013.0137. Epub 2014 Jul 28.
  2. Scholz-Ahrens KE1, Schrezenmeir J. Inulin and oligofructose and mineral metabolism: the evidence from animal trials. J Nutr. 2007 Nov;137(11 Suppl):2513S-2523S.

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  1. Geri Koslowsky

    June 4, 2016 , 2:15 pm

    where can I purchase Blue agave Nectar. I do live near a Whole Foods Store would they have it?
    Can I bake with it? I need a safe substitute for sugar, to do baking for a diabetic.

  2. Monica

    June 6, 2016 , 1:14 am

    Hi Geri,

    I have usually found blue agave nectar at health food stores, so I’m guessing Whole Foods may have it. And yes – you can definitely bake with it!

    While agave nectar is lower on the Glycemic Index that other sugars, it is still a sweetener/sugar and should be used sparingly.

    Hope that helps!

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

  3. Cathy

    June 5, 2016 , 11:49 am

    I’m trying to decifer the report on alcohol consumption; specifically the data supporting that women should have 1 alcoholic beverage daily (2 for men). I was finally able to find a definition of what constitutes “1 drink”. My next question is concerning the sugar in alcohol. My A1C is 5.9 so that is a major concern for me. Which alcoholic beverage has the lowest sugar content and would be the best recommendation for daily consumption? Thanks so much!

  4. Monica

    June 6, 2016 , 1:21 am

    Hi Cathy,

    Because you are monitoring your blood glucose levels with the A1C test, that is a question to ask your health specialist or physician as they are more familiar with your health history.

    – Monica @ AlgaeCal

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