A combination of greasy food, coffee, and aspirin is one of the most tried-and-true ways to kill your hangover after a night of partying. As a matter of fact, there is no shortage of alleged hangover cures, but now science is actually backing one up: a pear may solve the problem. Or does it?
While studying the many health benefits of the pear, researchers at Australia’s CISRO (a government research agency) found that consuming just under one cup of Asian pear juice before drinking alcohol will lessen the effects of a hangover the next day.
Of all the hangover symptoms, the greatest improvement was seen in subjects’ ability to concentrate. But the juice also has anti-inflammatory effects, which means that splitting headache will dull.
The reason behind this phenomenon isn’t clear just yet, but the study‘s lead researcher, Manny Noakes, suggests that pear juice contains enzymes that are necessary for speeding up alcohol metabolism and slightly inhibiting alcohol absorption. While the results of this study haven’t been finalized, they do mirror a similar case study from 2013, where Asian pears significantly cut the severity of participants’ hangovers.
But the downside is that you’ve got to take the pear juice before hitting the alcohol.
“The effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption,” says Professor Noakes.
She said researchers would now conduct further studies to see whether the other varieties had similar powers.