If you’re planning on having a big weekend, you may need a hangover cure – and we’ve got one!
According to the preliminary findings of a new study by CSIRO, eating a pear or consuming pear juice before a big drinking session can significantly reduce your blood alcohol level and the symptoms of a hangover.
As Professor Manny Noakes from the CSIRO told Newscorp, “Korean pears have been used as a hangover cure for centuries in Korea and China.”
“This study showed that by Korean researches there was some validity to the claim that consuming 220ml of pear juice prior to alcohol consumption could reduce blood alcohol levels by 20 per cent and reduced the symptoms of a hangover,” she said.
The CSIRO have been researching pears with Horticulture Innovation Australia to discover the hidden benefits of the fruits, for a while.
Their studies found that Korean or Asian pears in particular, act on the key enzymes involved in alcohol metabolism to metabolise and eliminate alcohol quickly.
“In particular, reductions were seen in blood acetaldehyde levels, the toxic metabolic thought to be responsible for the hangover symptoms, with pear juice consumption,” the CSIRO reported.
But, “the effect was only demonstrated if pears were consumed before alcohol consumption. There is no evidence that you can consume pears after drinking and avoid a hangover.”
Professor Noakes said that the delicious Nashi pear may also have a similar effect to Korean Pears but the CSIRO are still looking into it, as well as the effects of other varieties of pears.
CSIRO studies also found that pears can lower cholesterol, relieve constipation and have can anti-inflammatory effects too.
So next time your thinking of having a big night out, try drinking some pear juice beforehand – it may help with the headache the next day!
And no, pear cider does not count as pear juice.
Have you tried this hangover cure before? Did it work for you?