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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Agave Could Help Fight Colon Disorders

Scientists at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico say the Weber blue agave, used to make Tequila, may produce compounds leading to better treatments of the colon diseases.

The researchers say the agave fruit may aid in delivering drugs to the colon, which could help doctors fight ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer and Crohn's disease. Compounds in agave, a class of polysaccharides known as fructans, keep stomach acids from breaking down the drugs, so they can reach the colon and fight the disease.

The research was presented at the American Chemical Society.

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