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Are Hangover Prevention Vitamins Bogus?

We've all been there, and hangovers are no fun. But can the hangover prevention vitamins on the market really give you a miracle fix?

First, let's start by saying there is no "cure" when it comes to hangovers. When you drink you lose a lot of fluids and vitamins, and so the logical thing would be to replenish these vitamins — especially vitamins B and C — which could help reduce the time of your hangover.

Over the last decade, there have been countless claims to finding a quick fix for a hangover, and all you have to do is seemingly take a few pills, but this is largely disputed. One of the most recent stories came about in 2017 when Eddie Huai (with the help of an expert in biochemistry) created a vitamin pill called Flyby — a pill made from vitamins and supplements including Vitamin C, milk thistle, alpha lipoic acid, hydrolysate, dihydromyricetin, and n-acetyl-l-cysteine — and intended to flush out the toxins in your body. All while you sleep.

According to Daily Mail, Huai's research has been positive and he claims that around 60 percent of customers have returned, and an early 90 percent of customers believe that the pill worked for them. Tamar Samuels, who is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and founder of All Great Nutrition, stated that although there is little research to suggest that pills such as this one work, some of the supplements within them can help to fight off hangovers — for example, milk thistle (a herbal remedy made from the stem of the milk thistle plant) contains antioxidant properties that help protect the liver from toxins.

So, are these pills bogus or should you be giving them a shot? The short answer? There is no one miracle hangover cure, but there are some vitamins that could help aid your recovery. But one thing we can say for sure is that you should always consult a doctor before taking any dietary supplement.

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