Your dog hair can go for a walk.
Finnish researchers believe they have found the magic hangover cure: an amino acid called L-cysteine.
Scientists from the University of Helsinki and the University of Eastern Finland have found that the natural protein building block found throughout the human body can eliminate ailments such as nausea, headaches, stress and anxiety, according to one new study published earlier this week in the scientific journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.
Experts tested the acid by distributing it, along with a placebo, to 19 randomly selected men who admitted to having experienced post-binge-drinking blues. Neither the scientists administering the trial nor the participants who received the pills knew who received what treatment.
Some men were given a dose of 1,200 milligrams of L-cysteine, while others were given 600 milligrams. The guinea pigs were then instructed to drink 1.5 grams per kilogram of alcohol for three hours and then swallow the pill.
The higher dose helped with more serious problems like nausea and headaches, while the lower dose reduced stress and anxiety, the researchers found.
They also said that the amino acid can reduce the urge to drink the next day, Bloomberg reported.
L-Cysteine is vital for the human body and “acts as a precursor of antioxidants and immune messenger molecules”. Neha pathak, a doctor of internal medicine and medical writer for WebMD, told The Post. “We get it naturally from our food. . . and it can be found in foods like dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
But you might want to think twice before heading to your local pharmacy, where L-Cysteine is available in affordable pill form in the supplements aisle.
“In terms of nutritional supplements, there is no good data on the proper doses, how it breaks down and what the side effects might be,” Pathak said, citing a study that found that L-cysteine has adverse effects on the nervous system.
In addition, the sample size of the Finnish study was too small to be reliable. “When you have such a small study, you may just have a random positive result,” she added.
Another potential problem? The Finnish research team received funding from Catapult Cat Oy, which sells L-cysteine supplements.
Perhaps a better bet for those who went too far the night before: N-acetylcysteine, which is derived from L-cysteine and is frequently used in hospitals to help treat Tylenol overdoses and inflammation of the liver. . It is “considered the safest supplement,” Pathak said.
N-Acetylcysteine specifically helps the body produce an antioxidant called glutathione which is known to fight cell damage.
Hangover scholar Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is a longtime champion of N-acetylcysteine and wrote about it in his 2018 book “Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure”.
Bishop-Stall previously admitted to The Post that he takes about 1,500 milligrams of the amino acid for a hangover, and touted it as a “kind of magic ingredient.”
The Toronto-based drinker, who has tried hundreds of different hangover treatments, from expensive nutritious IVs to bizarre food cures to regular dog hair, preferred to ingest a “heavy dose” of the next day’s ointment with vitamins B1, B6 and B12, as well as plant extracts of boswellia (frankincense) and milk thistle.