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Strawberries may protect stomach against alcohol

Strawberries may help protect the stomach against alcohol Reduce inflammation of mucous membranes

Strawberries may help protect the stomach from some of the adverse effects of alcohol, a study has found.

European scientists found that strawberries can reduce the harm that alcohol causes to the stomach mucous membrane.

Gastritis, or inflammation of the stomach mucous membrane, is linked to alcohol consumption. It can also be caused by viral infections, by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and by drugs used to treat ulcers caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

In the study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, the scientists gave strawberry extract to rats - 40 mg per day per kilo of weight - for 10 days, before giving them alcohol.

The researchers found fewer ulcerations in the stomachs of the rats given the strawberry extract.

Study co-author Sara Tulipani from the University of Barcelona said: "The positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and high content of phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defences and enzymes of the body."

The study findings suggest that a diet rich in strawberries can have a beneficial effect when it comes to preventing gastric illnesses, and may even help to slow down the formation of stomach ulcers in humans.

Maurizio Battino, who coordinated the research at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy, said: "This study was not conceived as a way of mitigating the effects of getting drunk but rather as a way of discovering molecules in the stomach membrane that protect against the damaging effects of differing agents."

This article was published on Wed 26 October 2011

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