Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Legitimate Hangover Cure?

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So the other day I was watching a show where a startup company was looking to bring to market a hangover patch (similar in concept to the nicotine patch) which would pump your body full of vitamins while you consumed alcohol, all with the purpose of reducing or eliminating a hangover.  I was intrigued.  Now, I have heard of hangover pills but they require too much work and with the amount of liquid you consume while boozing you are bound to be peeing out most of the beneficial ingredients.  With a patch, you slap it on, the vitamins get absorbed throughout your skin all the while you can pound back drink after drink without worry.  This makes sense.

hangover patchAfter a search on the Internet I found a company called Zaca which is already marketing this kick ass  concept.  The cost is $19.99 for a 6 patches, with discounts available for larger purchases.  At over $3 per patch it isn’t exactly cheap but it can be less than the price of even one drink at the bar.  I figured if I was going to buy 12 drinks to make me feel terrible, the cost of one drink to make me feel better would totally be worth it.

After no deliberation I immediately went ahead and placed my order.  Within minutes, I received an email from Mark of Zaca with some immediate, pressing concerns.  Since I live in Canada and the product was shipping from the US he wanted to give me the heads up that my order may not arrive for St. Patty’s Day, which was just around the corner.  Right then and there I could tell that I had made the right decision.

drunkApproximately a week later (just missing my St. Patty’s boozefest) I was excited to receive my hangover patches in the mail.  Of course, it didn’t take long to put those patches to a good challenge as the next Friday was yet another piss up.   After cracking my first bevy I slapped a patch on my left shoulder and proceeded to party like it was 1999.  An entertaining night flew by and after a solid dozen or so drinks I found myself stumbling home with a big slice in hand coming to a crash in my bed where the room spun me to sleep.

hangover cureThe next morning I awoke, still feeling intoxicated as the patches do not suppress alcohol (thankfully).   After grabbing a cup of Joe and whipping up some eggs and toast I found my body really rebounding from the night before.  Normally hangover + exercise = booze sweats + nausea but not today, nor any of the days that I have used the patch.  I actually went for a solid 8 km (5 mi) run that day and felt great afterwards.  After going through 5 sessions with the hangover patch now I can tell you the results are very consistent.

I do have one complaint, and its that I still feel the ‘blahs’ the next day.  Those emotional lows related to depleted seratonin resulting from excessive drinking.  After some research I wasn’t surprised to determine the patch is missing the ingredients that may have dealt with that issue.  Here is a quote from a website talking about the effects alcohol has on stress / depression:

“Certain nutrients are needed by the body in order for it to manufacture chemicals that dampen anxiety. Alcohol causes depletion of vitamin B6 and Folic acid, the very nutrients needed for us t0 be in optimum psychological health enabling us to cope with stress. It also stimulates the release of the stress hormone adrenaline and interferes with the amino acid tryptophan which is used to manufacture serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical involved in sleep and mood regulation.” –

The patch has a lot of great ingredients but no B6 or Folic Acid (Maybe in the Hangover Patch V2???).  Here is the 11 different organic ingredients who’s benefits in reducing your hangover are described here:

Prickly PearMilk ThistleThiamine (B1)Lipoic AcidB5B3TaurineLycopeneNACMagnesiumVitamin C

So in conclusion your hangover isn’t eliminated, but your body will thank you for wearing these patches while you drink.  No longer will alcohol prevent you from eating a good meal, or exercising the next day.  If you want to give it a go, try ordering the hangover topical patch from Zaca and post back to the blog to let us know how it worked for you.

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