Hangover pill goes on sale in Britain TODAY: £1-a-pop tablet leaves boozers ‘feeling fresh’ the next day (just make sure you take it BEFORE you start drinking)
- Myrkl, taken before drinking, breaks down alcohol in gut before it reaches liver
- Those who took two pills had 70% less alcohol in their blood an hour later
- CEO said the ‘game-changing product’ will leave drinkers ‘feeling their best’
A hangover-busting pill that can leave drinkers feeling fresh after a night out has gone on sale in the UK.
Myrkl, which is taken before drinking, breaks down alcohol in the gut before it reaches the liver.
Trials showed that those who took two pills and drank two glasses of wine had 70 per cent less alcohol in their blood an hour later, compared to those who did not take it.
The supplement, which also claims to boost energy and immunity, costs £30 for a packet of 30.
The pill, which is the first that has been shown to break down alcohol, is available on the company’s website from today.
Håkan Magnusson, chief executive officer at Myrkl, said the supplement si a ‘game-changing product’ that will leave drinkers ‘feeling their best the next day’.
Myrkl, which is taken before drinking, breaks down alcohol in the gut before it reaches the liver. Trials showed that those who took two pills and drank two glasses of wine had 70 per cent less alcohol in their blood an hour later, compared to those who did not take it
Two Myrkl pills need to be taken two hours before drinking. It then keeps breaking down alcohol for up to 12 hours.
It contains bacteria Bacillus Coagulans and Bacillus Subtilis enriched amino acid L-Cysteine and vitamin B12.
Alcohol is broken down by the liver into ethanal which produces compound acetic acid in the body. This is thought to be behind hangover symptoms.
However, Myrkl claims to interfere with this process by breaking down alcohol into water and carbon dioxide, meaning no or low amounts of ethanal and acetic acid are produced by the liver.
The supplement was created by Swedish medical company De Faire Medical (DFM).
All the ingredients are authorised and recognised as safe by the European Food Safety Agency and the US Food Drug Administration.
However, it may not leave drinkers totally hangover free as other mechanisms are also involved in hangovers. Dehydration, low blood sugar – due to alcohol causing sugar to be lost in urine – and methanol, another fermentation product found in alcoholic drinks.
Mr Magnusson said: ‘Marking the first time in history that a consumer product is demonstrated to effectively and rapidly break down alcohol, we are very excited to be launching this ground-breaking product in the UK and in most European markets.
‘Moderate social drinking is a huge part of British culture, with the majority of British people heading out each week to enjoy a few drinks together.
‘Myrkl’s purpose is therefore to help those regular moderate drinkers to wake up feeling their best the next day, whether they’re a busy working professional, young parents, or seniors who want to maintain an active social life.’
Mr Magnusson added: ‘The independent clinical trials prove just how powerful this product is at breaking down alcohol.
‘Whilst Myrkl is in no way designed as an excuse to drink beyond NHS guidelines, we are really convinced that Myrkl is a game-changing product for those regular moderate drinkers, and we can’t wait for the British public to try it out.’