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LMU 168 – Could This Be the End of Hangovers? Promising Research Suggests a Potential Cure


LMU 168 – Could This Be the End of Hangovers? Promising Research Suggests a Potential Cure

Source: British Medical Journal – Nutrition Prevention & Health (March 2020)

Lifestyle Medicine Update (June 18, 2020)


Discover a potential game-changer for those occasional hangovers. Recent research delves into the science of hangovers and presents a promising solution. This study, published in the British Medical Journal, explores the effects of natural plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants on hangover symptoms. The results are intriguing, offering hope for those looking to alleviate the discomfort of hangovers. Dive into this groundbreaking research and its potential to change how we deal with post-drinking woes.

The Long-Awaited Remedy for Hangovers

For those who occasionally indulge in alcohol, the morning-after hangover can be a harsh reminder of the previous night’s festivities. While it’s essential to exercise moderation when it comes to alcohol consumption, there’s exciting news on the horizon. Recent research, published in the British Medical Journal – Nutrition Prevention & Health in March 2020, has shed light on a promising solution for alleviating and potentially preventing hangover symptoms.

A Comprehensive Study

This groundbreaking research builds upon previous studies that hinted at the beneficial effects of various natural elements, including fruits, leaves, and roots, in mitigating hangover symptoms. To delve deeper into this area, a three-armed study was conducted, involving 214 healthy volunteers ranging from 18 to 65 years old. Each participant was provided with alcohol to consume, and their journey through the realm of hangovers was meticulously monitored.

The study sought to uncover the effects of alcohol on dehydration, electrolyte balance, and blood pressure in the participants. The alcoholic beverages predominantly consisted of beer, white wine, and white wine spritzers. In addition to the alcohol, each group received a non-alcoholic beverage. This drink was administered 45 minutes before alcohol consumption commenced and immediately after it ceased.

The Key Ingredients

Now, let’s delve into the components of these non-alcoholic drinks. The first group, comprising 69 participants, was treated to a supplement drink packed with an array of plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, and additional antioxidant compounds. Notable elements included Barbados cherry (Acerola), prickly pear, ginkgo Biloba, white willow, and ginger root. The vitamins and minerals encompassed magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, and folic acid. The second group, consisting of 76 participants, received the same supplement drink, albeit without the plant extracts. Lastly, the third group, with 69 participants, received a drink containing only glucose (serving as a placebo).

The Hangover Verdict

After the 12-hour observation period, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire detailing the type and intensity of their hangover symptoms. The results were nothing short of remarkable. When compared to the glucose-only supplement group, those who consumed the full supplement, inclusive of plant extracts, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, reported significantly milder symptoms.

Headache intensity, on average, was reduced by 34%, while nausea decreased by an impressive 42%. Feelings of indifference dropped by an average of 27%, and restlessness plummeted by 41%. These findings indicate that the plant extracts and other components in the supplement play a pivotal role in alleviating the discomfort of hangover symptoms.

The Science Behind the Relief

So, what’s the secret behind this newfound relief from hangovers? While the exact mechanisms remain somewhat elusive, the researchers suggest that polyphenol and flavonoid compounds within the plant extracts might be responsible for countering the physiological impact of alcohol. These compounds have been linked to reducing the body’s vulnerability to hangover symptoms in prior experimental studies.

Interestingly, the research findings also challenge a long-held belief about hangovers. It seems that dehydration and electrolyte imbalances may not be the primary culprits behind these morning-after woes. Instead, the symptoms appear to arise primarily from the accumulation of end-products produced during alcohol metabolism. The plant-derived phytonutrients used in the study may assist the body in detoxifying, neutralizing, or reducing the effects of these alcohol metabolites, ultimately diminishing the potential for hangover symptoms.

In conclusion, while responsible alcohol consumption remains the best approach for avoiding hangovers, this research offers a glimmer of hope to those who occasionally enjoy a drink. By incorporating supplements rich in plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into their routine, individuals may find relief from the unpleasant aftermath of alcohol consumption.


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Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ROHP, is an educator, author, and researcher having lectured to thousands of healthcare professionals across North America. He holds a Master’s Degree in Science with specialties in human nutrition and biology and is recognized as an expert in the field of nutrition, anti-aging, fitness, and wellness as well as the author of numerous books.

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