Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Strawberries protect the stomach against alcohol

Strawberries protect the stomach against alcohol.

Granada (EFE). A team of Italian researchers, Serbian and Spanish confirmed the protective effect of strawberries in a mammalian stomach damaged by the alcohol, said today the University of Granada (southern Spain), who participated in this study.
Scientists provided ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to laboratory rats and found that the gastric mucosa of those who had previously eaten strawberry extract suffered fewer injuries.
Sara Tulipani, researcher at the University of Barcelona (UB) and co-authors, said that the positive effects of strawberries are associated with both their antioxidant as well as enzymes that activate or own body's antioxidant defenses.
The conclusions of the work indicate that a diet rich in berries may have a beneficial effect in preventing gastric diseases related to the generation of free radicals and other reactive oxygen species, so that the fruit could attenuate the formation of stomach ulcers in humans .
The gastritis or inflammation of the lining of the stomach as well as related to alcohol consumption also can be caused by viral infections and by the action of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (like aspirin ) or those used in the treatment of some bacteria.
"In these cases eating strawberries during or after the disease may relieve gastric mucosal injury," suggested Maurizio Battino, coordinator of the research group from the Marche Polytechnic University (Univpm, Italy).
The team found fewer ulcers in the stomachs of these rats before receiving alcohol for ten days had eaten strawberry extract (40 milligrams per day per kilo of body weight).
According Battino, work has not been raised to offset the effects of drunkenness, but to find protective molecules in the gastric mucosa from damage that can cause different agents.
Besides Univpm scientists, UB and Granada, in this study involved researchers from the universities of Salamanca, Spain, and Belgrade, Serbia.

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