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A cracking cure for hangovers

23/12/2009

Tucking into a plate of eggs after a big night out will do more than simply satisfy your tastebuds – it will also help fight your hangover. Research has found that cysteine, the amino acid found in eggs, counteracts the poisonous effects of acetaldehyde, the chemical produced by the body as it metabolises alcohol. Acetaldehyde is responsible for the headaches, nausea and other unpleasant consequences of drinking one too many champagne cocktails.

In a study published in the Journal of Inflammation Research, laboratory rats were given a dose of acetaldehyde large enough to kill around 50 percent of the animals. Those which received cysteine had an 80% survival rate. For humans trying to survive the morning after the night before, your best defence is to get cracking. If you are feeling too fragile to leave your room for more than five or ten minutes there is a quick and easy recipe that will have you back on your feet in no time. Basic ways to cook eggs including frying, boiling, poaching, scrambling or making an omelette, can all be completed in under five minutes.

The British Egg Information Service has even commissioned a series of easy to follow instructional videos for those who wake up forgetting who they are and how they got home. Cath McDonald, Nutritionist, stated: “The British Egg Information Service does not condone excess alcohol consumption, however on the odd occasion a few drinks turns into a few too many, British Lion eggs for breakfast will help you face the day ahead.”