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Strawberries might help protect your stomach from alcohol damage

We have some good news about strawberries. Maybe.

In a new study, strawberry intake protects the mucous membrane that lines the stomach. This helps prevent damage caused by alcohol consumption.

That’s what headlines from all variety of media outlets would have you believe, anyway.

In fact, researchers used strawberry extracts, not strawberries. And they didn’t test them on human subjects. Their subjects were rats.

So every headline about the miracle protective properties of strawberries are a tad premature. Especially the one that suggests you drink a strawberry daiquiri before you go out drinking. (Uh… What?)

The researchers tested strawberries because of their high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols. Their conclusion: Natural antioxidants neutralize alcohol-induced free radicals.

That sounds logical to me. And it works for rats, apparently. So, who knows? It might work for humans as well. But I still question whether a strawberry daiquiri is the best delivery method.

That said… Cheers!

Sources:
“Strawberry Polyphenols Attenuate Ethanol-Induced Gastric Lesions in Rats by Activation of Antioxidant Enzymes and Attenuation of MDA Increase” PloS One, Vol. 6, No. 10, October 2011, plosone.org

“Strawberries protect the stomach from alcohol” MedicalXpress.com, 10/25/11, medicalxpress.com

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