Hangover Supplements

Most Effective Hangover Supplements

The supplements for hangovers below are used to help reduce and speed up the recovery time of a hangover. There is no such thing as a magic pill that will eliminate every hangover symptom. However, through our research, we have found that the following supplements hangovers do work.

Hangover Supplements for Headaches

Electrolytes – Alcohol hangover causes excessive urination and dehydration which leads to headaches in the morning. To combat a dehydration headache, you need to drink a sufficient amount of water and electrolytes. Drinking electrolytes before you drink and after you drink in the morning are the ideal times.

The brands we recommend:

1) LyteShow – Our personal favourite and they are highly rated by others. They offer a $15 bottle of electrolytes which has about 40 servings.  Their supplementation contains a balanced mixture of magnesium, zinc, and potassium. They are also gluten free and contain no artificial ingredients or sweeteners.

electrolyte hangover supplements

2) Hammer Nutrition – They offer a bottle of 120 pills for about $20. Their tablets offer a great balance of electrolytes and being in pill form can make them much easier to take. Additionally, you can take these pills to help cramps from dehydration.

Avoid these:

Products like Smart Water or “Hydration water” are misleading and hardly contain any electrolytes. A general rule of thumb for an electrolyte drink is that if you do not see the vitamin hangover cure listed on the back with daily percentage values, then it means they hardly have any. Powerade and Gatorade contain electrolytes, but they also contain high amounts of sugar which are not good.

Upset Stomach: Supplements for Hangover

Aloe Vera and Calcium/Antacid – Alcohol is an irritant that causes inflammation in your stomach lining. It also causes an increase in gastric acid which also leads to unpleasant symptoms. The best course of action is to neutralise the stomach acid and to decrease the inflammation. Read more on our Hangover Cures page.

The brands we recommend: 

1) Lily of the Dessert (Organic whole leaf) – This brand of Aloe Vera is one of the few that uses juice from the entire leaf. You can get a 32oz bottle for only $8. This is one of the higher quality brands we’ve tested, and it’s pretty reasonable in price.

aloe vera hangover cure

*Aloe vera juice for hangover is also quite effective. Be sure that you are buying edible aloe vera juice and not aloe vera for your skin.

2) Kirkland Antacid Calcium Carbonate – Almost any brand of antacid will work.  This brand offers 256 tablets for $12. We like this brand because of the taste and that it contains a good amount of calcium.

Brands to avoid:

The brand Alo offers an aloe vera drink, but it has a tonne of sugar and doesn’t have much aloe vera in it. If it’s being sold as a tasty drink, then chances are it’s not going to have much aloe vera in it. When buying Aloe Vera, always make sure you check to see if it’s made for drinking alcoholic beverages or if it’s made for your skin. Check to see that the brand puts a food label on the back so that you can see that it’s for consumption.

As far as Calcium and Antacids go, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with one. Just find a brand that you enjoy the flavour of and make sure it has calcium in it.

Hangover Supplements for feeling Anxious or Light Sensitivity

Magnesium – Drinking alcohol temporarily changes your brain chemistry and depletes your levels of magnesium for hangovers. Both of these factors can lead to you feeling depressed and anxious the next day. A deficiency in magnesium can also increase your sensitivity to light in the morning. It can take a long time for your body to naturally replenish your levels of magnesium for hangovers, so that’s why it’s important to take after drinking hangovers.

The brands we recommend: 

Natural Vitality – They offer a very tasting magnesium powder that is made to drink with warm water. They offer a large 16oz container for around $24. This product is one of the best magnesium hangover supplement in it, and it’s very calming and relaxing to drink.

magnesium powder hangover cure

Now Foods Magnesium Hangover Supplement – Now Foods makes a high-quality brand of supplements for hangover drink. They sell a bottle of 250 pills for $13. Each capsule contains 200mg of magnesium which is about 50% of your daily recommended value.

Brands to Prevent: 

Try to stay away from brands that have a lot of fillers and preservatives in them. Make sure that the supplement has more than 40% of your daily recommended value as you won’t notice the hangover effects if it’s less than that.