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Can cactus extract help prevent hangovers?

A recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine may be good news for anyone who has ever had that queasy feeling the morning after enjoying ‘one-too many’ alcoholic drinks. An extract of cactus can prevent a severe hangover, quelling some of the wretched symptoms. The study found a significant reduction in some of the symptoms of hangover in individuals taking a pill of the extract few hours before drinking. The extract alleviated symptoms such as dry mouth and that nauseated, can’t-stand-the-sight-of-food feeling. Cactus extract does not appear to ease other symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness. The symptoms of the alcohol hangover are largely due to the activation of inflammation mediators and the extract from cactus has a moderate effect on reducing hangover symptoms, apparently by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators. Cheers.

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