Saint or sinner?

Saint or sinner?

by Jackie Anderson
article from Friday 1, December, 2017

LAUNCHING just in time for Christmas comes a new hangover cure called ‘YourSaint’, and at £35 pounds a bottle it’s no cheap cure. It comes in bottle or shot form and if taken one hour before drinking, and then every six hours afterwards until you’re back in the land of the living, it promises that your hangover will be a thing of the past. Hmmm, call me a sceptic but a glass of water and two Paracetamol might be the cheaper option.

Taking it one hour before you embark on the annual Christmas night out might be doable but remembering to take it six hours later when your rat-arsed might be asking a lot. Just getting the key in the door is quite a feat never mind remembering to take a miracle cure. 

‘YourSaint’ contains ginger, grape seed, Shitake mushrooms and Taurine, whatever that is, and it’s meant to cleanse your liver, no small claim for my liver. The CEO of the company manufacturing this product claims that it allows you to enjoy life to the fullest and means that you can be productive and on top of your duties the next morning. Quite a offer, as I’m not sure I’m that when I’m sober...

It launches on December the 3rd in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa and I’m sure there will be idiots in all these countries willing to pay the £35 for the small bottle of supposed magic.

One of the ingredients, ginger, has been used for thousands of years for its ability to soothe stomach upsets. It’s also well known for relieving excessive gas from your digestive system, a remedy my beloved must be taking liberally as our duvet rises periodically throughout the night (maybe that’s something else? – Ed). ‘Your Saint’ does not issue gas masks with your purchase, however. A much cheaper option is some ginger powder in a glass of water or maybe some ginger wine just to top the evening off?

Grape seeds? Who thought that one up? There is no scientific evidence that this is a vital ingredient for a hangover cure. Various studies have been done with very mixed results. It won’t harm you in any way but paying a fortune for a cure I would want every ingredient to have a purpose. A much cheaper cure is a bunch of grapes dipped in that melted mars bar that you bought on the way home.

Shitake mushrooms are an excellent source of Copper; something called Pantothenic acid and vitamin B2, Zinc and Selenium. Taking this variety of mushrooms it is claimed that when you stagger to the loo throughout the night emptying your bladder, you are loosing vitamins, along with your sense of direction, so it replaces the vitamins you loose down the pan, shame it can’t replace the wine...

A study done and published in the journal of Advances in Preventative medicines in 2012 showed 88 per cent of people who ate Shitake mushrooms after a bevvy felt it helped, maybe it was magic mushrooms they had? All the properties found in Shitake mushrooms can be found in ordinary mushrooms bought from the corner shop but I suppose that’s not so glamorous when you’re paying £35. Any Mushrooms on toast will help when you’ve had a skinful but if your able to knock this up after the office party you’re not as drunk as you think and highly unlikely to have a hangover at all.

Taurine, the last ingredient, is something I’ve never heard of and is the most controversial. The bottle blurb says Taurine supports insulin health and elevates energy productivity and fights inflammation. It’s loaded with vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant and is known to block damage caused by free radicals, why am I thinking of Citizen Smith?

The company hasn’t explained how this substance would affect alcoholic metabolism but the Swedish National Food Administration issued a warning that Taurine should be avoided whilst drinking alcohol or doing strenuous exercise. Does taking the lid of the bottle of ‘YourSaint’  count as strenuous exercise? It goes on to say this substance should be avoided whilst drinking; does it count if it’s before or after?

Healthy adults have the ability to manufacture sufficient Taurine in our bodies so there is no need for an extra dose.

All very confusing, but I’m reckoning that because it’s so pricey it will be the next “in thing“ so when you stagger into the local kebab shop for that mandatory snack whilst being the worse for wear ask them for a bottle of  ‘YourSaint’ – although I’m betting you’ll get something totally different.

Try the years old Scottish cure of a can of Irn Bru and a deep fried mars bar; it’s cheaper and I think just as effective. 

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