Strawberries Now Have A Healthy Reason To Go With Champagne
Strawberries now have a healthy reason to go with champagne
We have always been told that alcohol is not good for our health, now research is showing that eating strawberries may reduce some of the potential harm from alcohol. In an experiment on rats, researchers from Europe have proved that eating strawberries lowers the harm to stomach mucous membrane.
In the study rats were fed strawnberries before being given alcohol. What they found was the rats who ate strawberries didn't suffer as much damage to the mucuous membrane in the stomach. Those rats who did not eat strawberries had much greater damage. It's thought that the positive effects of strawberries are not only linked to their antioxidant capacity and phenolic compounds (anthocyans) but also to the fact that they activate the antioxidant defences and enzymes of the body.
The study proves that a diet rich in strawberries can have a beneficial effect when it comes to preventing stomach problems which are related to the production of free radicals. It's thought that strawberries may slow down the formation of ulcers. Inflammation of the stomach mucous membrane is related to drinking alcohol but can also be caused by viral infections or by certain medication (such as aspirin) or medication used to treat against the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
The researches have found less damage in the stomach of rats which had been given strawberry extract (40 milligrams/day per kilo of weight) for 10 days. Treatment for ulcers and other stomach problems are currently in need of new therapy. Some of the compounds found in strawberries could help.
So if you're thinking about having some champage, you should add some strawberries to the side of your glass.
28 Oct 2011
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