A study carried out by Indian researchers suggest that clove buds can reduce the negative side effects of drinking alcohol, such as oxidative stress and inflammation. These negative effects are caused by the accumulation of acetaldehyde in the body after binge drinking. Acetaldehyde is the primary cytotoxin formed by the metabolism of alcohol that is also responsible for liver injury, extracellular matrix alterations, inflammation, and hangover in heavy drinkers.
For the study, the Indian researchers looked at the effect of clove bud extracts on the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by the buildup of acetaldehyde after binge drinking. They used a randomized, double-blinded crossover study involving 16 male social drinkers. The participants received either a capsule containing 250 milligrams (mg) of clove bud extract or a placebo once a day. After that, the participants drank 1 gram per kilogram (g/kg) body weight of alcohol per day. After a washout period of two weeks, the participants reversed their treatment regime.
The researchers also took blood samples from participants at 0, 0.5, 2, 4, and 12 hours after treatment with either placebo or clove bud extract and analyzed biochemical parameters. They also measured the severity of the hangover of the participants using a questionnaire.
The results of the study, which were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed that the treatment with clove bud extract caused faster elimination of blood acetaldehyde compared to placebo treatment. It also dramatically reduced oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation, and inflammatory markers C-reactive protein and interleukin-6, as well as improved glutathione and superoxide dismutase. In addition, clove bud extract treatment reduced hangover severity by as much as 55 percent.
Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that clove bud extracts can be used to alleviate the negative side effects of drinking alcohol.
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