While mixing drinks might sound about as appealing as bungee jumping when it comes nursing a sore head, the concoction is said to boost two enzymes that break down alcohol in the body.
According to a new study published in the journal Current Research In Food Science, the healthy blend is even more effective when supplemented by a plate of cheese with some tomato and cucumber.
The researchers, based at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Mumbai, said: “A beverage made from a blend of sweet lime, pear, and coconut water could be used to overcome hangover.
“The consumption of this beverage with cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes may further alleviate the symptoms.”
Pear makes up most of the drink at 65%, followed by sweet lime (25%) and coconut water (10%).
They help bolster the enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase, which is found in the liver, and aldehyde dehydrogenase, which is found in the liver, kidneys, and lungs, by 23% and 70% respectively.
Both enzymes tackle acetaldehyde, which is what alcohol is converted into when it enters the body.
While the drink of coconut water, pear and lime has been found to be particularly efficient at alleviating hangover symptoms like headaches and nausea, so are wheat-based cereals and some spices like ginger.
The study suggests you stay well clear of milk, oats, eggs and spices including pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon, and coffee is also listed among their ultimate hangover no-nos.
It is said to decrease the activity of aldehyde dehydrogenase “by a large magnitude”, which could potentially result in a prolonged hangover.
Green tea and black tea are said to be more helpful.