Strawberries may not be in season right now, but there's good reason to eat this berry year-round, especially if you drink alcohol or are prone to stomach ulcers. A new study has found strawberries to have a protecting effect on stomachs damaged by alcohol.
The new study was published in the journal PLoS ONE and used rats to see how strawberry extract affected stomach health. Researchers found that the rats who had strawberries for 10 days before being given alcohol had fewer stomach ulcerations than those rats who didn't ingest any strawberry extract. Researchers believe the positive effects of strawberries are linked to their high amounts of antioxidants and phenolic compounds (which have anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties), and that the berries activate important enzymes of the body, according to ScienceDaily. Researchers guess that the positive effects would be seen in humans, too, though more research is needed.
It's important to note that eating strawberries only after having alcohol didn't help to improve the health of the stomach. Nor did strawberries have any effect on intoxication. To get the most benefit, you should make berries a part of your regular diet and — of course — drink only in moderation.
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Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.