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Plant Extract Supplement May Help Relieve Some Hangover Symptoms

Consumption of a large quantity of alcohol can result in a hangover, with symptoms that include nausea, headache, fatigue, excessive thirst, and dizziness. According to a new study, supplementation with plant extracts may help relieve some hangover symptoms. 

Two-hundred-fourteen adults with an average age of 41 participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to receive one of the following 45 minutes before and immediately after consuming alcohol:

  • Supplement containing Barbados cherry, prickly pear, ginkgo biloba, willow, ginger root, magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, and folic acid, steviol glycosides, and inulin;
  • Supplement containing magnesium, potassium, sodium bicarbonate, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, and folic acid, steviol glycosides, and inulin;
  • Placebo

Blood and urine samples were taken before, immediately after, and 12 hours after alcohol consumption. Participants completed a questionnaire 12 hours after alcohol consumption that evaluated the type and intensity of perceived hangover symptoms.

Participants who took the supplement containing plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants reported less severe symptoms compared to those who took the placebo. Specifically, headache intensity was 34% less, nausea was 42% less, feelings of indifference were 27% less, and restlessness was 41% less. Participants who took the supplement containing only vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants did not report a significant difference in hangover symptoms compared to those in the placebo group.

The study was conducted by researchers from Johannes Gutenberg-University. It was published on April 30, 2020 in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention, & Health.

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