Alcohol consumption and its dangers come as no surprise to many. A moderate amount or “one too many” is unlikely to prove catastrophic, but if you have a hangover you may want to disagree.

However, when the pendulum swings the other way and a glass of wine, or a bottle, becomes a regular fixture throughout the week, it’s a no-brainer that a person is risking their overall physical and mental well-being.

It’s estimated that approximately 88,000 people die from alcohol-related diseases each year in the United States. It’s an unfortunate figure when we consider how preventable these deaths are.

It’s estimated that 56 percent of people aged 18 or over in the United States have consumed alcohol in the past month alone.

If completely abstaining from alcohol consumption is a tall order, and you just can’t give up your wild weekends, then perhaps consider adopting one little trick that researchers in India have discovered…eat your oats.

Researchers have studied the effects that oat extracts (avena sativa) have on protecting the liver against alcohol-induced ailments. It’s not completely understood how the mechanism works, however they have theorized that oats oats can shield against liver diseases after witnessing a successful outcome in mice.

The study consisted of feeding mice doses of phenolic-enriched ethyl acetate, at 125-250 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) for 12 consecutive days. Following this, they then inflicted acute injury to the liver by injecting 5 doses of 50 percent ethanol (or 10g/Kg body weight) to the mice every 12 hours.

The results demonstrated that the oat extract highly impacted the markers and parameters used to test for liver damage. There was an increase in antioxident activity which helped block inflammatory pathways.

This small discovery has led the researchers to emphasize the significance that Oats can play when defending and preventing the onset liver dysfunction brought on by alcohol.

On reflection, and with the physical health consequences for your liver put aside, it’s widely thought by many that alcohol plays an even bigger role in the destroying people’s lives than hardcore street drugs. Its ease of accessibility, its mostly legal status throughout the world and its highly addictive nature means you’ll probably need more than a bowl of porridge to stave off the damage and rampage caused by excessive drinking.

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