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Lemon-Lime Soda A Hangover Helper: Sprite Helps Cure Hangovers, Say Chinese Researchers--But Herbal Tea Worsens

By Staff Writer | October 10, 2013 11:53 AM EDT

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Sprite for hangovers? Maybe. The lemon-lime soda for hangovers has shown to cure many hangover symptoms. Sprite, apparently, breaks down acetaldehyde, a chemical produced by the body after alcohol consumption.

Acetaldehyde is the first metabolite of alcohol, and many of alcohol's adverse affects are brought on by acetaldehyde. The chemical is an irritant to the nervous system and a probable carcinogen.

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Sprite, however, helps break it down more than other drinks studied, according to Chinese researchers.

The study, which was published in the September 2013 issue of Food and Function, showed that chemicals in lemon-lime sodas like Sprite can halt hangovers.

 Researchers in China compared 57 drinks, from a Bloody Mary to herbal tea, to study their effects on hangovers. The lemon lime soda Sprite turned out to be the hands-down most effective remedy against hangovers.

Herbal teas, however, made hangover symptoms worse, which may seem somewhat counterintuitive. Herbal tea was found to increase hangover symptoms such as headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal complaints, sweating, nausea, hyper-excitability, and anxiety.

Sprite won the best-drink tournament because it breaks down acetaldehyde, a byproduct of alcohol consumption.

Acetaldehyde is an organic chemical compound found widely in nature, in products like coffee, ripe fruit, and even bread. It's produced by plants as part of their normal metabolism-but too much or too little of it can be a toxic irritant. It also comes form automotive exhaust or smoke and is a suspected carcinogen.

With normal consumption, acetaldehyde breaks down naturally in the human body. But after too much alcohol, an excess acetaldehyde is produced in the liver, which leads to hangover symptoms.

Non-caffeinated lemon-lime Sprite breaks down acetaldehyde. Therefore, Sprite helps the body after a night on the town-the sooner, the better.

Do you agree that Sprite might be a cure for hangovers? Have you tried it? Sound off below!

 

 

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