The Health Benefits Of Tequila: Is It Too Good To Be True?

Some online content reports that tequila has health benefits. However, research shows any health benefits tequila may provide derive from compounds in its raw ingredients, not from the alcohol itself.

Early research shows that compounds in agave, which is the raw product in tequila, may carry some health benefits. However, so far, no studies in humans have demonstrated a link between tequila and any positive health outcomes.

While it may not have health benefits, tequila may be a comparatively healthier choice than some other types of alcohol.

This article discusses myths about tequila’s potential health benefits, health benefits associated with compounds in agave, tequila’s healthy properties compared to other types of alcohol, and the potential health benefits and risks of alcohol consumption.

Health myths around tequila

close up of a shot of tequila served with salt and a lime slice, the alleged health benefits of tequila lack scientific support
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Currently, no research in humans suggests drinking tequila carries any health benefits.

But the Internet houses various articles promoting the findings of preliminary studies in animals. And nearly all of these early studies assessed the potential benefits of compounds found in agave.

According to a 2016 article, the potentially beneficial compounds in agave sugars break down during processing and convert into ethanol, the active ingredient in alcoholic beverages.

Some of the most popular, unsupported ideas in circulation claim that drinking tequila can:

  • aid with weight loss
  • help control blood sugar levels and prevent type 2 diabetes
  • help improve bone health and density
  • promote longevity and even stop or reverse aging
  • prevent and help treat colds, the flu, and other types of infection
  • improve gastrointestinal health and digestion
  • improve sleep
  • reduce pain
  • improve absorption and usage of certain medications
  • reduce the risk of dementia

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