Cactus Extract Eases Hangovers, Study Says

From Times Wire Services

A study has found that an extract of prickly pear cactus can prevent a severe hangover.

The 55 adults in the study who received the extract of Opuntia ficus indica instead of a placebo before getting drunk reported milder hangovers, according to the research conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The study was funded in part by a firm that markets a product with the same extract. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute also funded the study.