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Sprite® - The Intense Hangover Curing Benefits Of Sprite®

When one drinks alcohol, the liver metabolizes ethanol into acetaldehyde through an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and then it breaks it down into acetate by aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). Sha Li, Li-Qin Gan, Shu-Ke Li, Jie-Cong Zheng, Dong-Ping Xu and H B Li of the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou looked at the effects of 57 kinds of herbal infusion, tea and carbonated beverages on alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase activities in Effects of Herbal Infusion, Tea and Carbonated Beverage on Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Activities, appearing in this month's Food & Function journal. 'The Independent' broke down the research further:

.....while acetate is generally considered harmless and even responsible for some of the more beneficial effects of drinking, exposure to the more pernicious acetaldehyde actually causes the symptoms of a hangover, including nausea, vomiting and a headache.

While some herbal teas slowed down the process, thus prolonging a hangover, Xue bi, a carbonated drink known as 
Sprite in Britain, was found to actually speed the enzyme’s work up. This means that Sprite could ease a hangover because it shortens the body's exposure to acetaldehyde.

How 'bout that?

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