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Why You Should Eat a Pear Before Drinking a Glass of Wine


October is pear season, the one month of the year when pear flavor is at its tastiest, and it’s something heavy drinkers should take note of: According to a government-funded study conducted in Australia, the Asian pear may be able to prevent feeling hung over after a night of drinking. The findings, published in the journal Horticulture Innovation Australia,add on to pears’ already long-list of benefits, which include lowering cholesterol, relieving constipation, and providing anti-inflammatory effects.

Researchers first announced the link between pears and hangovers in July 2015; they first discovered the benefits a 7.4-ounce drink of pear juice had on someone suffering from a hangover. The (admittedly) self-induced misery reduced by 16 to 21 percent when drinkers had pear juice before their first glass of wine or scotch. “Hangover severity, as measured by a 14 item hangover symptom scale, was significantly reduced in the Korean pear group compared to those having a placebo drink,” said the study’s lead author Manny Noakes, research director of nutrition and health at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, in a press release.

Now researchers are saying that both pear juice and eating a pair offer the same protective benefits. But don’t pick up a pear when you’re feeling the effects of a hangover the next morning. This hangover trick only works if a pear (in whichever form) consumed before the drinking even begins. Researchers said the reason why it’s so effective is because it works to combat the detrimental effects of alcohol in your system as you’re imbibing.

Alcohol stirs together a cocktail of unwanted symptoms inside the body. Alcohol triggers a domino effect of inflammatory responses in your immune system, producing physical symptoms


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