12:23 10 October 2013
A team of Chinese scientists who have tested 57 drinks have found that Sprite is the best remedy to relieve hangovers.
They explained that our livers release alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH); a type of enzyme that breaks down the ethanol in alcohol into a chemical called acetaldehyde, which is eventually broken down into a chemical called acetate. This is linked to some health benefits of alcohol ay an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH).
The scientists concluded that the key to alleviating the symptoms of hangover, which include nausea and vomiting, is reducing the time that the acetaldehyde is in the body.
The scientists found in their experiment that among the drinks that they have tested which included herbal tea made from hemp seeds, only increase the length of the ADH process and inhibited the ALDH process. However, Sprite is one of the drinks that sped up the first process effectively reducing the damaging effects of the alcohol.
Edward Ernst, professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, said that more research is needed to confirm the findings.
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