Drinking Plant Extracts Can Help You Battle Hangover

If you are experiencing headaches and nausea after taking fiesta with friends last evening, read this article thoroughly. 

A plant extract mixture of fruits, leaves, and roots may help to alleviate hangover symptoms in the morning, says research. The conclusions contradict the conventional notion that hangovers are caused by a lack of electrolytes in the body — an aggregate of minerals that help balance acid levels. 

Many natural remedies have been recommended to ease hangover symptoms, but there is as yet no strong scientific evidence for their use. 

In a bid to address that, the researchers from Johannes Gutenberg-University in Germany assessed the potential of specific plant extracts, vitamins and minerals, and antioxidant compounds to ease a range of recognized physical and psychological symptoms associated with drinking alcohol. 

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The plant extracts included Barbados cherry (Acerola), prickly pear, ginkgo Biloba, willow, and ginger root. The vitamins and minerals included magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, and folic acid. 

For the findings, some 214 healthy 18-65-year-olds were randomly split into three groups and given a 7.5 g flavored, water-soluble supplement 45 minutes before, and immediately after they stopped drinking any of beer, white wine, or a white wine spritzer. 

Analysis of all the data showed that symptom intensity varied widely among the participants. But compared with the glucose only supplement, those taking the full supplement of plant extracts, minerals/vitamins, and antioxidants reported less severe symptoms. 

Average headache intensity was 34 percent less, nausea 42 percent less, while feelings of indifference fell by an average of 27 percent and restlessness by 41 percent. No significant differences or reductions were reported for any of the other symptoms, the researchers said. 

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Polyphenol and flavonoid compounds in each of the five plant extracts have been associated with curbing the physiological impact of alcohol in previously published experimental studies, the researchers explained. 

Their analysis also showed levels of water content in the body weren’t significantly associated with the amount of alcohol drunk. 

“The results suggest that alcohol-induced increased fluid excretion does not necessarily lead to a significant dehydration process. It seems to be clear that hangover symptoms are predominantly caused by alcohol and its metabolites,” said the researchers. (IANS)

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