No need to bother the pooch because scientists have found that Sprite soda is much better at curing a hangover than “hair of the dog” or other concoctions traditionally administered to the “sloshed”.
A group scientists in China conducted a study into intoxication and what drinks may provide relief from the effects of a hangover. Oddly enough, herbal tea was found to make the hangover worse in those tested. However, bubbly sodas accelerated the recovery in test patients. In all, 57 sodas were tested and Sprite came out on top as providing the most relief from hangover symptoms.
As a human liver begins to break down alcohol in the blood, the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) is released which converts the ethanol into acetaldehyde. The acetaldehyde is subsequently broken down into acetate. The scientists believe that if the body’s process of breaking down alcohol into acetaldehyde can be reduced, a person will recover that much faster from the hangover.
“These results are a reminder that herbal and other supplements can have pharmacological activities that both harm and benefit our health,” Edzard Ernst, an expert in medicinal science at the University of Exeter in the U.K., told Chemistry World about the study. But he also noted that the tests should be done over, in living organisms, before the tests are regarded as conclusive. The researchers plan to do this next.
For some reason, Sprite speeds up the acetaldehyde phase which subsequently shortens the hangover effect. It should be cautioned that more research is required before doctors will be prescribing their patients Sprite at hospital ER rooms or detox clinics.
The findings are published in the journal Food and Function.
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