Hangover cures are never needed more than New Year’s Day, the night after you ring in another year on New Year’s Eve. Scientific research points the finger to the carbonated beverage Sprite as being one of hangover cures that really works. Sprite works at clearing away those nasty hangover symptoms, according to KTVU.com in an updated report published on Dec. 31.
“Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday morning cited the research from China that indicates Sprite seems to be the best beverage to speed up the process in your system giving you relief from that hangover faster than any of the other hangover cures found in beverage form, including the “hair of the dog that bit you.”
How does Sprite work for a hangover?
Back in the fall, researchers at a Chinese University found that Sprite’s ingredients work in breaking down the metabolism of alcohol within your system. Your liver first turns the ethanol into acetaldehyde. This stage causes the feelings that come along with a hangover as well as the symptoms of a hangover, like nausea and a headache.
From there it is metabolizes into acetate, which is thought to be a substance that’s thought to be harmless and a substance that won't cause symptoms of a hangover. Sprite speeds up the process by breaking down the alcohol to drastically shorten the stage that promotes the hangover, according to an article from the Huffington Post.
In layman’s terms, drinking Sprite speeds up the process by changing the harmful substance into the harmless substance. This works for getting rid of that hangover, according to Chemistry World. The old “hair of the dog that bites you” and drinking herbal teas are just two of the long-time suggested cures, but neither works. Drinking an herbal tea can actually prolong a hangover, the study found.
After analyzing 57 different beverages, the University in Guangahou found that each drink had a different effect on the way these drinks broke down the alcohol, like the herbal teas which slowed down the process. The best hangover cure is at your corner store, gas station and grocery store. You can find Sprite just about anywhere. The best way to shorten the body’s exposure to the stage that alcohol causes the symptoms of a hangover was Sprite or Xue bi, the Chinese version of America’s Sprite.