German Scientists Discovered A Natural Remedy Against A Hangover
Extracts of some plants can alleviate ailments associated with excessive use of alcoholic beverages, found German scientists from Mainz University named after Johann Gutenberg, according to MedicalXpress.
They experimented with 214 people aged 18 to 65, who were divided into three groups. 45 minutes before drinking alcohol and immediately after, the volunteers were given a special solution to drink.
In the first case, it included extracts of ginger root, Barbados cherry, prickly pear cactus, Ginkgo biloba, and you, magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, zinc, Riboflavin, thiamine, and folic acid, as well as steviol glycosides and inulin. The second group received a Supplement without plant extracts, and the third group received a placebo.
The study participants drank alcohol for four hours. Before and after its use, as well as 12 hours later, they took blood and urine tests and measured blood pressure. The volunteers also collected data on their condition for the next day.
The results of the experiment showed that the intensity of hangover symptoms was different in all groups. Those who received a Supplement with plant extracts, vitamins, and minerals felt the best. Compared with participants who took a placebo, the first group had a 34% reduction in headache, nausea — 42%, feeling of indifference — 27%, and anxiety — 41%. In the second group, there were no significant improvements.
According to scientists, this effect was caused by polyphenols and flavonoids contained in plants. Exactly what mechanisms had such an impact on the participants' well-being remains to be seen.
The researchers noticed that vitamins and minerals do not themselves have helped people to cope with a hangover. This calls into question the opinion that its symptoms are due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Besides, the data obtained indicate that alcohol does not always lead to significant loss of fluid in the body.