Anxiety, Depression and Dizziness
Fatigue, Headaches and Irritability
Muscle Aches, Nausea and Poor Concentration
Poor Sleep, Rapid Heartbeat and Sensitivity to Light
Sensitivity to Sound, Shakiness and Stomach Pain
Thirst, Vomiting and Weakness
These symptoms sound draconian, but they are all common side effects of staying at your neighborhood pub too close to “last call,” wrapping up the Seniors’ Day dorm party or being on the losing side of beer pong (or Beirut).
Hangover symptoms typically begin when blood alcohol levels drop significantly and appear at or near zero. Hangovers are usually in full effect the morning after a night of extensive partying – depending, of course, on what and how much alcohol you have consumed.
(IMPORTANT NOTE: More-severe signs and symptoms that accompany heavy drinking may indicate alcohol poisoning — a life-threatening emergency – that could include confusion, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, blue-tinged skin or pale skin, hypothermia and unconsciousness, cites The Mayo Clinic. In that case, it’s a “9-1-1” situation.)
However unpleasant, most common hangovers dissipate on their own, although they can last up to 24 hours.
“There’s no magic potion that gets rid of a hangover,” George F. Koob, MD and Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), tells WebMD. Common hangover remediation practices include eating, drinking lots of water and refraining from smoking.
However, one proven method for successfully engaging “The Next Day” is actually Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 — also known as cobalamin — is a water-soluble vitamin that has a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system via the synthesis of myelin (myelinogenesis), according to the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, as well as the formation of red blood cells. B12 is involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis, fatty acid and amino acid metabolism.
“Cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin are two popular forms of B12 that can significantly assist in addressing hangovers,” says Ali M. Sajadi, MD, a board-certified urologist and surgeon who is Chief Technology Officer for California-based PAAM Nutravite and its Frūnutta® line of all-natural, quick-absorb dietary supplements.
“So, while B12 vitamins are helping you mitigate the occasional long night out, there are many other long-term benefits,” add Dr. Sajadi, “including a defense against Alzheimer’s Disease, memory loss, heart disease, anemia and some forms of cancer; combatting depression and birth defects; and assisting with Hepatitis C treatment.”
Dr. Sajadi’s company offers a full range of supplements – from D3 and Zinc to Biotin and Melatonin – but “our Frūnutta® B12 line is the most popular among Seniors, Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and, now, even Gen Z.”
“If you’re 20 minutes away from the start of work or class – and still dealing with the effects of the previous evening – B12 may help.”