Tequila, a renowned alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant, hails primarily from the Jalisco state of Mexico. While many associate it with lively parties and tangy margaritas, some believe that a shot before bedtime can offer health benefits. But is this fact or fiction? Let’s delve into the purported health benefits of tequila before bed and see what science has to say.
Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment and information purposes only. It should not be used as an alternative to medical advice or seeing your doctor. Keep in mind that if you have any disease, condition, or take medication, you need to have a discussion with your doctor before drinking tequila. Always consult with a medical professional before making changes to your health regimen.
A Brief History Of Tequila
Derived from the Nahuatl language, “Tequila” translates to “water of gold.” Originally a Mexican creation, tequila has since found producers in countries like Argentina, Chile, and Spain. The blue agave plant, from which tequila is distilled, contains sugars that might offer health benefits.
Tequila is made from the blue agave plant. Agave juice contains sugars that seem to offer various potential health benefits, though conclusive evidence of these benefits will require more research.
When looking to reap any benefits from Tequila, you want to look for a brand that has 100% agave. Cheaper brands are many times laden with hidden sugar alcohols.
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What Are The Health Benefits Of Drinking Tequila Before Bed?
While I can’t definitively say whether these benefits are fact or fiction, here are some claims associated with tequila:
1. Helps You Relieve Stress
Tequila can help relax the body and mind, offering a respite from stress. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, tequila can help you relax and unwind. It works by relaxing your body and mind. Thus, it helps you feel more relaxed.
2. Boosts Immune System
Another benefit of tequila is that it helps boost your immune system.
This is because Tequila contains antioxidants that may enchance immune function, which may offer a range of immune benefits. (medicalnewstoday.com)
The antioxidants found in Tequila can help fight off free radicals and improve your overall health.
The fructans in tequila also provide probiotics, which are beneficial for our immune system.
Agave (remember, Tequila is made from) contains a chemical called saponin which has been shown to increase the immune response in your body. (spoonuniversity.com)
3. Helps With Digestive Health
Some people claim that Tequila is great for digestion.
According to one study, the prebiotic attributes of tequila help make the intestines a more friendly environment for healthy bacteria to thrive.
This is because Tequila stimulates digestive enzymes. The agave that tequila is derived from contains fructans, a short-chain polymer that supplies probiotics, the healthy bacteria found in the intestines.
According to Healthline probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to a wide range of health benefits.
This, in turn, can help reduce the amount of gas and bloating you experience. Additionally, Tequila can help reduce intestinal bacteria in your digestive system and can help keep you healthy overall.
4. Helps Reduce Pain
Tequila can dilate blood vessels, potentially reducing pain by decreasing inflammation.
Tequila has been used to relieve pain caused by arthritis, migraines, menstrual cramps, toothache, and sports injuries.
However, if you are experiencing pain or inflammation, seek your doctor’s advice and not rely on alcohol for any long-term use. Moderation is the key.
5. Lowers Blood Sugar
According to research presented at the American Chemical Society, the sugar contained in the agave plant, called agavins, can help lower blood sugar. (indiatoday.in)
In another study cited by medicalnewstoday.com a 2014 study found that agavins help reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin levels, which regulate blood sugar levels.
Now, this isn’t to say that tequila will cure diabetes or even completely prevent someone from developing the disease, but it may help with blood sugar levels.
If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before you start taking shots of tequila.
6. Provides Relief From Common Cold Symptoms
The next time you come down with a common cold, reach for a bottle of tequila. The alcohol in tequila can help loosen up mucus and provide relief from common cold symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, headache, and fever.
Additionally, tequila’s antioxidants can help fight the viruses that cause the common cold.
7. Boost Bone Health
A substance in the tequila plant, agave tequilana also known as tequila agave, improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium, minerals that boost bone health.
In animal studies, compounds in blue agave called fructans appear to help prevent bone loss and aid bone formation. In a 2014 study reported by medicalnewstoday.com, mice who were fed 10% agave fructans showed an increase in calcium levels in their bones and blood, leading researchers to believe that agave fructans supplementation may improve bone formation and prevent bone loss.
This study showed some great promise in the treatment of osteoporosis. However, the study hasn’t been carried over to humans. In research, just because something is promising with mice doesn’t mean the results will carry over to humans; more research is needed. It also behooves us to remember that the mice didn’t drink tequila but were given a chemical found in tequila.
Potential Risks of Tequila
Also, be aware that there are some conditions which drinking alcohol before bed can be detrimental.
Drinking alcohol before bed can increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is also known as obstructive sleep apnea, and sleep apnea is a sleep disorder.
Sleep apnea forces the body to partially rouse itself over and over again in order to restore proper breathing, preventing sufferers from getting the deep, restful sleep they need.
As liver enzymes metabolize the alcohol during the night and the blood alcohol level decreases, these individuals are also more likely to experience sleep disruptions and decreases in sleep quality.
Alcohol may reduce REM sleep in the first half of the night, creating an imbalance in your sleep cycle.
Why this can be detrimental is REM sleep, which is often considered the most mentally restorative phase of sleep.
REM sleep takes place about 90 minutes after falling asleep and when dreaming occurs. This part of the sleep cycle is thought to be when our bodies are in a restorative state. When REM sleep is disturbed, the effects the next day can show themselves as being tired and having poor concentration.
It is important to note that tequila should not be consumed in excess. If you consume too much tequila, you may experience negative side effects.
Remember, pregnant women, individuals under the legal drinking age, individuals with certain medical conditions or taking certain medications, those that are unable to control the amount they drink or recovering from an alcohol use disorder, and anyone operating machinery or driving a car should not drink alcohol.
Is tequila made only in Mexico?
While tequila originates from Mexico, especially the Jalisco state, it’s now produced in other countries like Argentina, Chile, and Spain.
Can tequila cure diseases?
No, tequila is not a cure for any disease. While there are potential health benefits associated with tequila, it’s crucial to approach these claims with caution and always consult with a medical professional.
Does tequila contain sugar?
Tequila made from 100% agave shouldn’t contain added sugars. However, cheaper brands might have added sugar alcohols. Always check the label.
While tequila is definitely not a “health food,” it is thought to have several surprising health benefits.
However, as interesting as tequila is, the beverage isn’t a magical cure-all. It’s best not to depend on any substance, particularly alcohol, on a regular basis.
Drinking tequila or any alcohol should be done in moderation and responsibly. Also, do not rely on tequila to cure any disease, and seek your doctor’s advice. Without a doctor’s advice, it can be very dangerous and even lead to death.
Are the Benefits of Tequila fact, fiction, or great science? Whatever your thoughts are, do know that alcohol consumption in excess can be addictive and can cause other diseases. Also know, researchers need to carry out much more research on alcohol consumption levels and different types of alcohol to confirm any potential benefits.
Have you had any health benefits you believe you’ve achieved with tequila? Please comment below.