Drinking Sprite for hangovers as a remedy? According to researchers from China this week, having the carbonated drink, Sprite, shortly after consuming alcohol might help relieve some of the unpleasant side effects that often come the next morning, UPI reports this Wednesday, Oct. 9. While Sprite isn’t being seen as a cure-all, early studies have shown that it may help to reduce or lessen the feelings of a hangover.
Having Sprite for hangovers could be a big thing for drinkers across the globe, as Sun Yat-Sen University researchers in China are backing the carbonated drink (often in a lemon-lime flavor) as a way to break-down acetaldehyde quickly in the body. Acetaldehyde is a byproduct of metabolized alcohol, and its after-effects can often lead to bad headaches, vomiting, and nausea. Breaking this byproduct down sooner by drinking Sprite is believed to cause alcohol drinkers to not face these effects as strongly.
Says one statement from chemistry world on the Sprite as a remedy for hangovers study:
"Hua-Bin Li and co-workers from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou hypothesised that substances which alter the activities of ADH and ALDH would consequently alter the duration acetaldehyde exposure," wrote Chemistry World. "They went on to systematically test the effect a variety of common carbonated beverages and herbal teas had on ADH and ALDH activity assays."
Among several of the drinks that are known to increase overall ALDH activity in the body and thereby minimizing the negative effects of alcohol were in fact Xue bi and Hui yi su da shui, commonly known here in the U.S. as Sprite and soda water.
The Chinese researchers are now seeing how accurately their findings match up to real-life drinkers and frequent hangover sufferers with the carbonated beverage as a potential "cure."
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