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The fight against beer drinkers throw weeds

May 18 2005

American scientists from McLean Hospital and Research Institute of New England reported that an extract from a plant known in the U.S. as "the vine that ate the South" may help in treating alcoholism.

This plant was brought to America in order to combat soil erosion, but to date has become a widespread weed.

Previous studies have shown that the plant Pueraria montana var. Lobata, also called Kudzu, helping to reduce alcohol consumption among rats and hamsters. Now, however, failed to show that an extract of "works" for people.

During the experiment, alcoholics offered three times a day to take one 500-milligram capsules of the extract and for a time lived in a laboratory which simulated the living room with TV, music and a bar with a beer.

Between sips of study participants were required to put the bottle to the table built into the lineup, so that scientists can accurately track how much beer they drank.

The first bottle of taking the extract and those who were given a placebo drink at the same speed. But the second bottle have used Kudzu stretched much later, and with less alacrity.

Thus, it was concluded that the plant long used in Chinese medicine to relieve a hangover, actually reduces cravings for alcohol.

Probably the thing in the active component of the extract - isoflavones, called pyurarinom (puerarin).

"We suspect that the extract causes the alcohol quickly enters the brain," - said one of the scientists, Scott Lucas, adding that after four weeks of treatment with no side effects were detected. Investigations will continue, says Membrana.Ru.

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