The Cactus Cure

[an error occurred while processing this directive] If the thought of slurping a raw egg makes you gag, try easing your hangover with some prickly-pear fruit extract. Researchers in New Orleans asked 55 brave volunteers, ages 21 to 35, to get drunk and endure a hangover for the sake of science.

Half the tipplers were given an extract of the prickly-pear cactus plant before their binges; the other half were given a placebo. The following morning, people who took the cactus extract suffered significantly less from nausea, dry mouth and loss of appetite than those who got placebos. The latter group also...

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