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The juice of this fruit can combat a hangover, research has found

Delicious: The Asian pear
Delicious: The Asian pear

Research suggests the juice of a pear can combat the adverse effects of a hangover.

Researchers in Australia - employed by CISRO, the Australian government's scientific research organisation - discovered that the effects of a hangover could be assuaged by the juice of a pear. 

As well as finding that pears can lower cholesterol, relieve constipation and have anti-inflammatory effects, it also appears they can ward off hangovers and lower blood alcohol levels, researchers said. 

The juice of the fruit, consumed before alcohol consumption, also reduced memory loss and sensitivity to light and sound. 

Researchers stumbled upon the remedy while experimenting with the Korean (or Asian) pear and plan to test the Western pear to see if they produce the same effects. 

Professor Manny Noakes, the lead researcher on the project, said the effect has been seen from consuming 220ml Korean pear juice, "although consumption of whole pears may produce a similar effect."

"There may be several ways by which pears could prevent hangovers. Our review has uncovered both animal and human studies trying to answer this question.

"It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to speed up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption.

"In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption.

"The effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption. There is no evidence that you can consume pairs after drinking and avoid a hangover."