Its benefits include treatment of ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer and Crohn disease.
The compounds of blue agave (the cactus used for making tequila) showed nice results in studies performed at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.
This development could be the first step in better treatments for ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions involving the colon.
The deliver of drugs in to the colon has been a challenge for the doctors dealing with colon and rectal diseases.
Many drugs are destroyed by acids at the stomach. This could be avoided by the compounds of tequila, a type of polysaccharide known as fructans (a fructose polymer). This compound resists the destruction in the stomach and could let that drugs reach the colon without problems.
“This study showed that the agave fruit is not good just for making tequila, but it’s good because of its medicinal value. Agave’s fructan is the ideal natural transporter of drugs”, said Guillermo Toriz.