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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

New Alternatives - Alcoholics Edition 

Another apparent triumph for herbal medicine today: cactus extract found to reduce hangover symptoms!! Taken five hours before drinking, Prickly Pear cactus extract significantly reduced morning-after nausea, lack of appetite, and dry mouth, as well as some reduction in overall veisalgia (yay new gratuitous scientific term!!) severity.

The effect is linked to a compound called OFI, which seems to affect C-reactive protein. C-reactive protein is associated with lots of other problems, including a possible link to congestive heart disease, so this research may lead to more than just heavier drinking. Which is much more important. Really. I mean it.

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