Can Korean Pears Prevent Hangovers?

Had a little too much to drink last weekend? Looking for a cure that has eluded humankind since the dawn of drinking history? According to study in New Zealand, the Korean pear could be the antidote you’ve been looking for. Maybe.

Scientists studying Korean pears report they “stumbled upon” the benefit that “they can ward off hangovers AND lower blood alcohol levels.” (The yelling emphasis of ‘and’ not mine)

This from Stuff.co.nz

Specifically, the scientists studied Korean pears (or 220 millimetres of Korean pear juice), which is similar to nashi pears. They differ from Western pears so, they say, further research is needed to find out whether the same effect is possible across different varieties.

“There may be several ways by which pears could prevent hangovers,” said Professor Manny Noakes, the study’s lead researcher.

“Our review has uncovered both animal and human studies trying to answer this question. It appears that the factors in Korean pears act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), to speed up alcohol metabolism and elimination or inhibition of alcohol absorption.

There is one notable catch to bear in mind: You need to eat the pears before you drink to enjoy their alleged hangover hampering qualities.

“The effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption,” Noakes said of the preliminary study. “There is no evidence that you can consume pears after drinking and avoid a hangover.”

So, in other words, plan your excessive drinking in advance.


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