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Pears could be hangover cure

Pears could be hangover cure

Health experts have claimed eating pears could stave off hangovers -as long as the fruit is consumed before a drinking session.
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national health science agency, said the Asian or Korean pear is capable of saving revellers from the grim after effects of a booze bout.
Now they hope to see if the common Western pear has the same properties as its Asian cousin, which is commonly used as a hangover beater in the Far East.
Scientists said eating a pear or swigging pear juice before downing alcohol could prevent the worst symptoms of a hangover, which include a poor concentration span and a dodgy memory.
Manny Noakes, research director at CSIRO, said, “Reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption. Overall hangover severity, as measured by a 14 item hangover symptom scale, was significantly reduced in the pear group compared to those having a placebo drink, with the most pronounced effect seen on the specific symptom of `trouble concentrating’.”
However, drinkers are advised to plan ahead if they want to ward off a hangover.
“I should make the point that the effect was demonstrated if you take pear juice before alcohol consumption. Once you have a hangover, there is no evidence that it will do you any good,” Noakes added.
Anyone looking to pear down the damage of drinking should drink 220 ml of juice, which Noakes claimed was the optimal dose. The world is obsessed with finding a hangover cure, with various pills and potions claiming to be the silver bullet, which will save party animals from a sore head. (AGENCIES)

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