The unexpected health benefits of tequila

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The unexpected health benefits of tequila

You may think of tequila as just a bad hangover, but it actually has numerous health benefits and uses.

Cold and Flu Remedy

Mexican doctors used to prescribe a drink made of tequila to patients in the 1930s.

It was made of tequila blanco, agave nectar and lime juice.

Agave can help relieve sore throats and even kill bacteria. Lime juice is filled with vitamin C, which fights colds.

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Weight Loss Supplement Agave has been found to actually lower cholesterol.

However, it's diluted after being distilled in alcohol, so it won't be as effective when consumed through tequila.

Stimulates Appetite

Tequila might actually help to stimulate appetite and aid digestion.

Experts claim that a shot before lunch can rev up the appetite.

Another one after a large dinner helps digestion.

Lower Diabetes Risk

Tequila is made from the agave plant, which is a natural form of sugar.

Agave has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.

Benefits Colon

Blue agave used in tequila has been found to benefit the colon.

Blue agave can help to treat colitis, Crohn's disease, IBS and even cancer.

Click through the gallery below to learn about the types of tequila drinks:

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Various tequila drinks

Tequila shots with wedges of lime and salt

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The Paloma: Tequila with grapefruit juice, lime, sugar, and club soda

(Photo by Jamie Grill/Getty Images)

Switch up the Screwdriver with tequila instead of vodka

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Swap tequila in for rum in your next mojito. Trust us!

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Spike your next hot chocolate with tequila to warm up a chilly night.

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Make your own shandy with a splash of tequila, your favorite beer, and lemonade. 

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This June 9, 2014 photo shows a Texas tequila milkshake in Concord, N.H. Aged tequilas pair beautifully with ice cream. The alcohol will prevent the mixture from freezing solid. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Hundreds of guests celebrate the closing night of Oculto Manor and the introduction of Oculto, a unique lager blended with beer aged on tequila barrel staves on May 2, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Oculto Manor)

A classic lime margarita on the rocks

(Photo by Aimee Herring, AOL)

Strawberry margarita

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