April 4, 2007

Fructan You

Or, how to get medications into your colon when needed.

Oral delivery of drugs to treat colon ailments is made problematic by the normal actions of the stomach and small intestine. There is a promising new approach to solving this problem:

Researchers at the University of Guadalajara, in Mexico, have discovered that fruit compounds taken from the blue-agave plant used to make tequila can be employed as an effective method of delivering drugs to the colon. ...

It has been known for many years that the blue-agave plant contains a polysaccharide known as fructan, a polymer of fructose. The compound is not hydrolyzed in acidic environments, such as the upper digestive tract, and it's therefore able to reach the intestine fully intact.

They do not say whether the new medication delivery systems will work better with or without salt and lime.

Hmmm, and will increased demand for the blue-agave for medical purposes drive up the price of tequila?

You bet!

Posted by Steve on April 4, 2007
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