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Did You Know Bananas Can Cure Hangovers?

Updated on February 6, 2009

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Ripe bananas cure hangovers
Ripe bananas cure hangovers

Bananas: Yet Another Hangover Cure

In European and American culture, it's hard to find a more popular fruit. Bananas are as common as mineral water or corn flakes.

Bananas are tasty, but I believe that we unconsciously eat them because each ripe fruit is literally loaded with important substances, which help a lot when it comes to curing hangover.

It is a totally affordable and effective solution which doesn't require any cooking.

Ripe bananas are very alkaline and soothing to the body. It's a natural stock of Vitamins C, B6, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese. A banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure which is a common symptom after a drinking party. The magnesium in the banana helps relax the blood vessels that cause a hangover headache. The iron is important in stimulating the production of hemoglobin in the blood.

Getting rid of hangover with bananas

Nausea is one of the commonest hangover symptoms. You could always just eat a couple bananas along with a glass of water, but that won't help much.

One of the quickest hangover solutions is to make a banana milkshake with added honey. The banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and rehydrates your body. Bananas contain vitally important electrolytes which are severely depleted during heavy alcohol consumption.

Ingredients:

  • 600ml full-fat milk, chilled;
  • 2 tbsp clear honey;
  • 1.5 tbsp double cream;
  • 2 big, fresh, ripe bananas, sliced.

To make banana milkshake slightly more elaborate, add 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice.

Try to drink banana milkshake slowly. There's no need to hurry anyway. If you gulp this remedy you will probably feel sicker than before drinking. The stomach is upset with alcohol, so treat it respectively.

Avoid adding crushed ice in to the blender. A cold shake will put the stomach in stressful condition that certainly cannot help to cure hangovers. 

Strawberry-Banana Yogurt

Buy some Strawberry & Banana frozen yogurt, place it into a glass with a couple of ounces of Ginger Ale. Eat this very slowly allowing the Ginger and Banana Yogurt to settle on your tummy. After half an hour drink a glass of ginger ale by itself. Your hangover symptoms should almost be gone.

Bananas Cure Hangovers: The Science

Typical hangover symptoms like headache, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound are largely due to body dehydration, hypoglycemia and high level of toxins. Bananas' unique nutrient combination works to relieve these effects.

  1. The natural fruit sugars in bananas correct the metabolism.
  2. Bananas are 75% water and therefore help rehydrate the body and detoxify intestines.
  3. Bananas' high vitamin C content neutralizes free radicals.

One more hangover remedy based on bananas

Banana smoothie.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 frozen banana;
  2. 1 cup orange juice;
  3. 1 can tomato juice;
  4. 5-7 strawberries;
  5. 1-2 cups soy milk;
  6. 2-3 spoons honey;
  7. cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.

While there are not that many recipes where bananas are main ingredients, this marvellous fruit can be mixed with nearly anything that tastes good. Other remedies may have opponents, but it goes without saying that bananas cure hangovers.

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    • hanwillingham profile image

      hanwillingham 6 years ago

      Thanks for the information.

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      Bas 6 years ago

      Liv52 tablets will not eliminate a hangover in 10 mins no matter how many you take although they will help better than anything else I've ever taken especailly if u take them in a daily basis. your liver has to process the alcohol and it does about 1 unit per hour! But having the banana milkshake and 3 liv52 tablets and your on the road to a rapid recovery

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I do not find myself afflicted with hangovers, but I like bananas and was glad to read about their properties.

      Good hub!

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      Jas 6 years ago

      Hey guys, not sure if this stuff is in your neck of the woods yet but Revivol has saved my bacon so many times. Wake up feeling like I could go for a run.

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      hubber-2009 7 years ago from India

      have you trties this and sharing your experience..

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      josa 7 years ago

      tnx a good tip 4 an alcoholic lyk me ahahaha!

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Awesome Hub! Thanks for the tips! I only eat them when there green..People think that's weird but they taste so much better to me. I always heard tomato products were good but this is the 1st time of heard of bananas working, next time I get a hangover, I'll definitely try it. Not that I get them often...

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      Jim Bryan 8 years ago from Austin, TX

      I have been called a "Pro Leagues" drinker (as I--on occasion--drink an entire bottle of wine or up to 64oz of malt liquor as a "starter") and have known about the many benefits of bananas for some time. Though I regularly "drink people under the table," I rarely get hangovers in the traditional sense, but when I do I rely on the following:

      1 glass orange or cranberry or apple juice.

      1 Banana,

      Copious amounts of coffee.

      Eggs, toast and bacon--or bacon, egg, cheese breakfast tacos...as needed.

      Vitamin C, Potassium and large amounts of liquid caffeine are the most important parts, in my experience.

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      Anamika S 8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      That was new to me. However, fortunately i do not drink. Thanks for sharing anyway.

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      metaphysician 8 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I have read an article where Japanase eat ripe banana especially those that over ripen (dark color) when the feel ill. I think it has to do with what you have mentioned- alkaline and good for the body.

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      Hemanth 8 years ago

      Hi Sandeep,

      yes, you can buy it at "any" medical shop in India. Try it...You would See!

      Hemanth

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      sandeepstyles 8 years ago from Hyderabad

      Wow! I never knew about that tablet. Does it really work? Have you ever tried it?

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      Hemanth 8 years ago

      Hi

      there is an Indian tablet called Liv 52 (google for 'Liv 52'). Just chewing a couple of tablets with water, would "completely" eliminate a hang over, in less than 10 minutes. No matter how much you are drunk, Liv 52 does its job 100%.

      Hemanth

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      Curious Traveller 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this extremely valuable information. Content and recipes duly noted!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Thank you for the wonderful recipes as not only are the bananas good for hangovers, but the shake and smoothie sound yummy.:)