Ukon no Chikara — No more Hangovers

Published on August 23rd, 2010.

Tired of heavy hangovers after a night out? Well, you’ve come to the right place my friend! Ukon no Chikara is here to save the day.

Ukon no Chikara, which literally translates to “The Power of Ukon” is a Japanese anti-hangover drink sold in convenience stores all over Japan. Ukon is a plant grown in Southeast Asia and is known as turmeric in English, it’s related to ginger and is common in Indian cuisine.

Ukon no Chikara is sold in three versions, and the version you see in this post is the original. The other two versions are orange-cassis which is targeted towards women with it’s pink can, and super which is a more expensive stronger version. It’s sold in tiny 100ml cans for around ¥200 and you’re supposed to take it down all at once, preferably when you’re leaving the party or wake up in the morning.

Does it work? Well, Ukon contains a chemical called “curcumin”, which has been scientifically proven to prevent cancer and enhance liver functions. Based on my personal experience, it works. Although it’s not magic, if you’ve had too much, you’ve had too much.

Have you ever tried Ukon no Chikara? And did it work for you?

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  • http://kudaranaiblog.blogspot.com/ wormgear

    I was vacationing and working in Japan throughout June and the beginning of July this year. The night before returning to the U.S., I was out all night eating and drinking too much with some business associates. When I awoke the next morning in my Tokyo business hotel, I had to leave for the airport immediately after breakfast feeling absolutely *awful* and quite sick. Carrying my luggage around made it even worse. Before catching a cab to Ueno Station, I stopped at 7-11, bought 1 bottle of the exact same product you have pictured above, and drank it down (the taste is neither good nor bad). I was SHOCKED! By the time I arrived at Ueno Station, I was already feeling 90% better! The only remaining symptom that lingered when I reached Narita Airport was a very mild headache which I knocked out with a couple of EVE A (ibuprofen pills). 15 minutes later and I felt like I never even had the hangover at all! This is some amazing stuff! It *REALLY* works.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Cool! :D It does work great for me, so good to know it works for others too! Gonna have to order a few more though… I only have these 2 right now.

  • http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/blog.php?u=557 Chris_D

    I’ve always been sceptical of these kinds of products. Firstly, my Japanese is not good enough to easily check the ingredients. And, I’m hyper-sensitive to caffeine. Also, a friend told me not long after coming to Japan that a few of them (hopefully only a few!) contain nicotine, better known as the addictive component of cigarettes. The idea that children of any age can purchase a drink containing something as dangerously addictive as nicotine boggles my mind. The drinks are marketed towards adults but still…

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      This one doesn’t contain nicotine, but energy drinks are very addictive without that component. You need to be careful, even though Ukon no Chikara only contains good stuff, you can become an energy junky. There’s no caffeine in this one either, so it’s not your regular energy drink based on taurine and caffeine :)

    • Jimbo

      This confusion frequently occurs because many Japanese energy products contain nicotinamide, which is the chemical name for Vitamin B3/Niacin. I have yet to find an alleged Japanese “nicotine” containing energy drink, gum, or jelly that actually contains nicotine. You still need to smoke cancer sticks to get that.

    • http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/blog.php?u=557 Chris_D

      Oh, looks like I was misinformed then. Still, the other stuff is more than enough to keep me away. My main fallback is pinching myself :-).

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Well, there’s no point in drinking them if you don’t need them :)

    • http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/blog.php?u=557 Chris_D

      Well, I do need them, just not the sweats and heart palpitations that seem to come with them. My body is too damn sensitive I think.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Haha wow, I’m prolly pretty much immune to that, I drink too much coffee^^

  • http://takorama.worpress.com Serazahr

    What does it taste like?

    I just hope it doesn’t taste like Tumeric. Fine on food but as drink…

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Hard to describe, but it’s sweet, like candy.

  • http://chottomatte.net chottom

    I almost never buy them but when I do I check if they have at least some vitamins (and most of them do have). Actually a friend of mine told me once that the idea for Red Bull was “stolen” from the Japanese healthy drinks. Never bothered to check this information though.

    • Jimbo

      Red Bull was made by a Thai company that originally licensed Lipovitan-D – an energy drink made by Taisho Pharmaceutical – a Japanese company. When the licensing agreement expired, the Thai company continued making the product but changed the branding. The brand featured two bulls locking horns because Lipovitan-D contains Taurine, a beef extracted amino acid. An Austrian businessman who traveled to Thailand frequently became enamored with the Thai-made stuff because of its ability to help him get over his jet-lag, and decided to license it for production in Austria. And that’s how Red Bull was born.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Cool! I had no idea :D I’m a big fan of Red Bull, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive =/

  • Jimbo

    Ukon no Chikara helps me to get over jet lag, as well as helping with hangovers. After I arrive, I’ll drink a bottle of the “super” every morning for three or four days, and it helps with the time shift tremendously.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Oh that’s interesting, I might have to try that next time I go to Japan :) Thanks!

  • not-otaku

    never worked for me.
    i think it’s a placebo.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I see =/ It doesn’t bother me if it’s a placebo or not, as long as it works :P When did you try it? After a night out?

  • http://chottomatte.net chottom

    Wow Jimbo, great info (for Red Bull’s origin)!

    Thanks.

  • http://www.colonyofgamers.com/cogforums/blog.php?u=557 Chris_D

    Need me to pick you up a 6 pack? Just thought you might enjoy this pic I took at the local supermarket :-).
    http://i435.photobucket.com/albums/qq78/Mr_GT_Chris/DSC04347.jpg

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I would love that actually, I’m all out since last Saturday :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=45504270 James V. Salzman

    It absolutely works, and I’ve recommended it to friends before all-night booze-flowing karaoke, and it works for them. Turmeric improves liver function and processes alcohol more efficiently. It is like turbocharging your own liver. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYKB3HPVL7OKVVREYLOZOO4NPE Erik

    I think the powder works better IMHO. I loved this stuff when I was in Japan – the perfect combo is a Ukon no Chikara at night, and CC Lemon in the morning (to replenish).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EYKB3HPVL7OKVVREYLOZOO4NPE Erik

    I think the powder works better IMHO. I loved this stuff when I was in Japan – the perfect combo is a Ukon no Chikara at night, and CC Lemon in the morning (to replenish).

  • Prammike

    I was out with friends yesterday in the vicinity of Shibuya and when I woke today in my hostel room, I couldnt remember how I got home but I found a lot of convenience store junk food in my room and a bottle of “Ukon no Chikara” which I couldnt recall buying. First I didnt bother, but when I was surfing the net I found a website that claimed that “Ukon no Chikara” prevented hangovers. Personally I dont know if it works. I only had a light hangover today without feeling sick at all and a mild headache. I am quite sure that this was not a placebo, since I was in a state were I couldnt even remember what I was doing and where I was, so I dont think that this is the explanation for this relatively mild form of hangover. I cant be sure though if it really works or not, because I spent the larger part of the day sleeping and on the Internet. Still, I kinda like these Japanese bottle drinks with their flashy design and outrageous names. But I guess its better not to drink too much of that stuff at once, but rather every now and then.