Taking Tea…for a Hangover?

"A cuppa tea for what ails ya"
"A cuppa tea for what ails ya"

With all the studies that have been released in recent years on the alleged health benefits of tea, it’s a pretty fair bet that drinking it can be good for you. I won’t quibble on that point. Which is not to say that there aren’t people out there who are making some pretty “creative” claims for the stuff, whether it be related to health benefits, weight loss (a very common one) or whatever else.

Take the hangover, for instance. While the hangover is one of those maladies we’d all like to be rid of once and for all, it’s probably safe to say that if anyone had come up with a surefire cure for this ill by now that we’d all know about it. Not that this keeps assorted and sundry clever merchants from trying to market a variety of wondrous products designed to banish the hangover.

The best way to avoid a hangover, naturally, is not to overindulge in the first place. But, as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And while the jury is still out on tea and hangovers that doesn’t keep some tea sellers from claiming that they have a little something that just might do the trick. While the puerh variety of tea is one that’s often cited as being helpful with hangovers, one San Francisco tea merchant recently announced that they had come up with another type of tea that would ease this pain.

The Republic of Tea Honey Ginseng Green Tea - 50 Teabags
The Republic of Tea Honey Ginseng Green Tea

Their Blue People Ginseng Oolong, is referred to as a “high mountain green tea blend with ginseng powder from Taiwan,” one that is “fermented and coated with high quality ginseng powder.” And while it’s not made clear how either the tea or the ginseng can actually help with your hangover or how it’s different from anyone else’s oolong or ginseng the claim has been put forth nonetheless. More in this press release.

If ginseng and oolong doesn’t cut it for you, then refer to this YouTube video that touts an alleged hangover cure made with Japanese kukicha, a type of green tea. It’s mixed with soy sauce and umeboshi, a salty type of pickled plum, and probably won’t win any awards for taste. But if it cures your hangover, maybe it’ll be worth it.

While the actual evidence for tea’s ability to cure a hangover is probably somewhere between slim and none, there is one point in its favor. Many discussions of hangover point to the tendency of alcohol drinking to cause dehydration and the need to thoroughly hydrate before, during or after tying one on. So even if tea doesn’t actually “cure” your hangover the fact that it’s a palatable way to hydrate when you don’t really feel like putting anything in your body is a good thing. And the caffeine and theanine — a compound that gives tea its relaxing quality — probably can’t hurt either.

More great tea advice on William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!

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