Study/ Scientists find out why drinking red wine gives you headaches

2023-11-20 18:22:00, Sociale CNA
Study/ Scientists find out why drinking red wine gives you headaches
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Red wine may cause more severe headaches than other drinks because of an ingredient that slows down the breakdown of alcohol, a study shows.

The antioxidant quercetin has compounds that block the proper digestion of alcohol, resulting in a buildup of alcohol that causes headaches as a result of the acetaldehyde toxin.

Some people may be more likely to react more strongly to the antioxidant, putting them at greater risk of the problem, the researchers suggest.

Professor Morris Levin, of the University of California, San Francisco, said: We hypothesize that when people consume wine with quercetin, they will get headaches. We think we are finally on the right track to explaining this millennia-old mystery.

The natural chemical has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer and high blood pressure.

Red wine can cause more immediate pain in some people, even when not drunk in large quantities, a trend that has puzzled experts throughout history.

The study, published in the academic journal Scientific Reports, looked at why this is the case in laboratory tests.

The researchers tested found that quercetin caused the greatest reduction in ALDH2, meaning that alcohol would be broken down less effectively./ CNA

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