Did You Know That Tequila Actually Has Numerous Health Benefits?

By Chandana Rao

"Shots, shots, shots!", this is a phrase that most of us would hear, when we are out partying, right? And usually tequila shots are the most popular ones, as they get people "high" more quickly, this is the truth.

Now, the minute you had a look at this title, you would start to feel rather skeptical, because tequila is usually associated with giving a person some of the worst hangovers of their life!

Most of us who realize that alcohol is a vice, would not even consider for a minute a strong spirit like tequila could have health benefits.

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The fact is that, alcohol can be extremely dangerous for our health, when we consume it on a regular basis and in large amounts.

Apart from ruining your health, by causing a number of diseases like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, digestive problems, liver ailments, liver damage, kidney damage and even death, alcohol can also become addictive.

The "high" that a person experiences after ingesting a considerable amount of alcohol, makes them feel a temporary sense of exhilaration.

This feeling can become quite addictive, making a person crave for more and more alcohol, both psychologically and physiologically.

So, one must exercise extreme caution, before drinking and must ensure that one sticks to minimal quantities.

Drinking minimal quantities of certain types of alcohol, like wine and brandy is known to have a number of positive health benefits.

For example, red wine is known to prevent rapid cell ageing and heart ailments, while brandy is known to reduce cold and cough.

Recently, a group of researchers have found that even tequila has a number of health benefits, when had in small amounts, just once a month.

Tequila is a spirit which originated in Mexico and is made from the blue agave plant.

Let us see what some of the health benefits of tequila are, here.

1. Aids Weight Loss

As tequila can boost your metabolic rate, it can help burn body fat faster and aid weight loss, effectively.

2. Improves Digestion

It is said that taking a shot of tequila, after a very heavy meal (once in a while), can stimulate the production of healthy digestive juices and aid digestion.

3. Natural Probiotic

Tequila helps the production and growth of healthy gut bacteria, just like yoghurt does, thus acting as a natural probiotic that can improve your overall health.

4. Treats Osteoporosis

Tequila is known to allow your body to absorb the calcium in foods in a much better way, thus strengthening your bones and reducing conditions like osteoporosis.

5. Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

Tequila is said to be able to prevent type 2 diabetes, as it inhibits sugar spikes in the body, along with stimulating the production of insulin.

6. Prevents Dementia

Consuming small amounts of tequila occasionally is known to lower the chances of developing dementia later in life, as it can prevent brain cell regression.

7. Reduces Depression

Certain research studies have suggested that tequila may help reduce depression, by upping the serotonin levels in the brain. However, people with depression must consult their doctor before consuming any type of alcohol.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 20:30 [IST]
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