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Scientists say they've discovered the ideal hangover cure

Tom Wood

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Scientists say they've discovered the ideal hangover cure

If you have been feeling a bit delicate this morning, perhaps you might want to listen up, because scientists believe that they might have finally arrived at the best cure for a hangover. Here's another suggestion, this time in a video made by a nutritionist.

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Obviously, the only real way to avoid a hangover is to not drink to excess in the first place, but we all like to let our hair down sometimes, don’t we?

So, if you do go out and have a bit too much to drink, you should at least know how to give yourself the best chance of getting rid of the hangover the following morning.

Before we crack on with that, there are a number of potential options that are always touted as hangover-busters, but they might not actually be the best for you.

Coffee, for example.

That might actually make things worse, according to the scientists. More on that later, though.

A full cooked breakfast might help a bit - it’s good to eat things, after all.

Drinking more alcohol? That simply delays the issue rather than making it go away. You’re just likely to feel worse the following day.

Right – onto what the scientists think.

Credit: Sergii Pavlov sad / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Sergii Pavlov sad / Alamy Stock Photo

Apparently, the real choice for a thick head is a special drink made from coconut water, lime, and pear.

Oh, and a small meal of cheese, tomatoes, and cucumber.

This vital research was performed by a team at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, India back in 2019.

A team led by Dr Shraddha Srinivasan found that this combination of food and drink gives you a good chance of lessening your hangover quickly.

If you can force it down, that is.

The study said: “A beverage made from a blend of sweet lime, pear, and coconut water could be used to overcome hangover,

“The consumption of this beverage with cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes may further alleviate the hangover symptoms.”

Hangovers – headaches, tiredness and vomiting after drinking – affect us all differently, but it’s all to do with the body’s ability to process alcohol.

When ethanol – alcohol, to you and me – enters the body, it must be broken down in the liver and is converted into acetaldehyde, which builds up and makes you feel like s***.

Try this cure if you really want - it can't be worse than nothing. Credit: imageBROKER/Alamy
Try this cure if you really want - it can't be worse than nothing. Credit: imageBROKER/Alamy

Dr Srinivasan and his team tested out loads of stuff to see what worked, discovering that the combination they’ve gone is the best.

Coffee turned out to be the worst thing for the job, with the research finding that it reduced the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) which helps break down the acetaldehyde.

The research said: “Coffee decreased the ALDH activity by a large magnitude; hence it is not advisable to consume coffee post alcohol intake as it might lead to acetaldehyde build-up resulting in prolonged hangover.”

There you have it, then.

Featured Image Credit: Peter Werner/Alamy Stock Photo/tommaso altamura/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: Food And Drink, Health, Science

Tom Wood
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