How Does Lil Better Hangover Supplement Work?
“Does it cure my hangover? How does it work? Why should I trust you?”
We’ve heard it all before, and rest assured - we’ve done our research. Our hangover supplement is the product of decades of research in herbal medicine by Columbia University PhDs. We’ll let the science speak for itself.
Before we break down how the Lil Better proprietary blend works, first we should define what a hangover is, and what happens to your body after drinking to cause one.
WHY DO I HAVE A HANGOVER?
Hangovers are defined as the collection of negative physical symptoms experienced by drinking alcohol while your blood alcohol concentration nears zero.1
It’s no secret that alcohol isn’t great for your body (why else do you make that face when you take a shot?). So when you drink, your body has a number of natural oxidative processes to help eliminate that alcohol from your body.
First, your body begins processing Ethanol (the chemical compound found in alcohol) into Acetaldehyde, and then to Acetate. That process triggers the Microsomal Ethanol Oxidizing System (MEOS) to produce free radicals, which is where hangover symptoms begin.2
Quick high school chemistry refresher: free radicals are oxygen containing molecules that have an uneven number of electrons, meaning they can easily react with other molecules. Antioxidants (you know, the good stuff in blueberries) can help stabilize those free radicals by donating electrons to them. However, when alcohol is consumed, the body’s production of free radicals increases, creating an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, which is called oxidative stress.3
Oxidative stress then produces inflammation and triggers an immune response within the liver, which may be linked to headaches, nausea, and more. In a 2020 study conducted by the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Science, researches found a positive correlation between high levels of oxidative stress and hangover severity.
LET’S TAKE CARE OF THAT
Our proprietary blend consists of 4 primary herbal ingredients, each designed to help your body bounce back quicker.
Milk Thistle (also known as Silybum Marianum, Silymarin) is a plant native to the Mediterranean region, and has grown in popularity due to its effectiveness in the treatment of hepatic diseases. Its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fibrotic properties help control free radicals and levels of oxidative stress that are connected with hangovers. In fact, a 2008 study compared two livers, 1 with Silymarin, and 1 with Silymarin and alcohol. They found virtually no difference between the two, suggesting that Silymarin is effective at protecting the liver from alcohol. Imagine a world, drinking - without the hangovers.4
Drinking takes a toll on your body, and when done in excess over a long span, can lead to liver scarring known as fibrosis (or cirrhosis). No one’s telling you not to drink, but if you’re going to do so, do it responsibly. Dandelion Root has been found to promote long term liver health by enhancing hepatic regenerative capabilities and preventing fibrosis. Everyone wants to feel like they’re 21 forever, and taking care of your liver is the first step in feeling young again.5
Turmeric, or Curcumin, is a flowering plant that can be grinded to a bright yellow powdered spice and has been renowned for its antioxidant properties. In a 12 week study by Biomed Research International, a control group was administered 20% ethanol daily, while a test group was administered the same ethanol levels but with the addition of Turmeric. The test concluded that the group with Turmeric demonstrated lower concentrations of phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide (PC-OOH) in the liver, indicating its effectiveness on reducing oxidative stress. So don’t stress about the hangover, we got you.6
We’ll be the first to admit that we can sometimes overdo it when it comes to drinking, so Kudzu Root has recently become our best friend. Kudzu Root is a plant native to Eastern Asia, and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Most recently, it has been found to reduce alcohol consumption across binge drinkers. In a 2015 placebo-randomized test conducted by Harvard Medical School affiliated researchers, the group that was administered Kudzu Root drank 44% less beers than the placebo group. We don’t want anyone to stop drinking altogether, but we do believe in doing so with healthier drinking habits. Everything in moderation.7
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF
All this science is great, but we get it - you need to see it for yourself. Try it risk free with our money back guarantee. Get Lil Better today, and your body will thank you for it tomorrow.
1 Verster, Joris C et al. “Updating the Definition of the Alcohol Hangover.” Journal of clinical medicine vol. 9,3 823. 18 Mar. 2020, doi:10.3390/jcm9030823
2 Mackus, Marlou et al. “The Role of Alcohol Metabolism in the Pathology of Alcohol Hangover.” Journal of clinical medicine vol. 9,11 3421. 25 Oct. 2020, doi:10.3390/jcm9113421
3 Lobo, V et al. “Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health.” Pharmacognosy reviews vol. 4,8 (2010): 118-26. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.70902
4 Vargas-Mendoza, Nancy et al. “Hepatoprotective effect of silymarin.” World journal of hepatology vol. 6,3 (2014): 144-9. doi:10.4254/wjh.v6.i3.144
5 Hamza, A.A., Mohamed, M.G., Lashin, F.M. et al, “Dandelion prevents liver fibrosis, inflammatory response, and oxidative stress in rats”. JoBAZ 81, 43 (2020). doi:10.1186/s41936-020-00177-9
6 Chang Won Pyun, Kyu-Ho Han, Go Eun Hong, Chi Ho Lee, "Effect of Curcumin on the Increase in Hepatic or Brain Phosphatidylcholine Hydroperoxide Levels in Mice after Consumption of Excessive Alcohol", BioMed Research International, vol. 2013, Article ID 242671, 6 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/242671
7 Penetar, David M et al. “A single dose of kudzu extract reduces alcohol consumption in a binge drinking paradigm.” Drug and alcohol dependence vol. 153 (2015): 194-200. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.05.025