From coffee to cold showers, everyone has a hangover cure that he or she swears by. But until now, very few methods have been backed by science. A new study from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization suggests that drinking pear juice before going out for a night of partying could actually prevent some misery the next day.Specifically, the study suggests Korean pear juice is the ticket to a hangover-free morning-after.
“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,” Manny Noakes, lead researcher on the project, told the International Business Times. “In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption."
In other words, Asian pears have the seemingly magical ability to reduce the enzyme that leads to headaches and nausea. Drinking pear juice actually had the most pronounced effect on study participants’ concentration levels, one of the hangover symptoms tested. This is a preliminary study, so nothing is set in stone, but you might want to stock up on pear juice before this weekend just in case.