Can effervescent vitamin supplements help with a hangover?

After a hard slog in the office many of us turn to a glass of wine in a bid to relax and unwind. Yet, for some, what begins with a few glasses on a weekend, can end up being a night on the tiles. This usually means one thing. A hangover.

The less-than welcome after-effects of overindulgence, are classically accompanied by feelings of nausea, dizziness and fatigue.

After vowing to never touch a drop of the stuff again and shaking off vague memories of a Beyoncé impersonation that was more plain “dangerous”, than “Dangerously in Love” it’s time to try some damage control.

Dig online and you find a lot of talk around effervescent vitamin drinks being a cure-all for symptoms of a hangover. Sounds ideal, but just how true are these claims?

Tom Siebel (the MD here at VÖOST) reveals the truth when it comes to effervescent vitamins and hangovers.

It is worth noting the NHS offer a few tips for those who have had a tipple the night before.

One of the most important things you can do is to drink more fluids, this way you are actively rehydrating yourself. This could include drinking a pint or so of water before you go to sleep and keeping a glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the night.

It is also not advised to drink on an empty stomach. Before you go out, tuck into some carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats. The food will help slow down the body's absorption of alcohol.”₁

Often we crave sugary foods and drinks or something greasy such as a bacon buttie.  These may make you feel better temporarily. However, it is worth remembering that a consequence of a poor diet, in general is feeling lethargic and lacking in energy. So reaching for the bacon butties after a heavy night out, whilst may seem appealing at the time, may not be the best solution.

Unfortunately hangover “cures” as such are generally a myth. However, there are many authorised health claims for certain Vitamins, that reduce feelings of tiredness and fatigue, that can come with a hangover.

In particular, the vitamins which can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue include vitamin B, vitamin C and Iron.

Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Iron, contribute to what is known as “normal energy yielding metabolism” i.e. These vitamins help break down and release energy from your food.

Consuming Vitamin B and Vitamin C through an effervescent drink, such as VÖOST, may be a way to reduce feelings of tiredness, which could help, along with the necessary rehydration.

It is important to understand this is a general benefit rather than a specific hangover “cure”.

Finally, a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is imperative to help our bodies function normally so we can feel at our best.  Consuming enough of the right foods each day can be a big ask. Supplements can help support your diet and fill any nutritional gaps, if you struggle to get your recommended daily allowance.

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