If you dread waking up with a hangover, make sure you serve asparagus at your New Yearâ??s Eve party!
According to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate hangovers and protect liver cells against toxins.
Drinking alcohol in excess causes oxidative stress on the liver and those unpleasant physical effects we call a â??hangoverâ??.
“Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots,” says B.Y. Kim, the lead researcher from the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”
This humble vegetable, Asparagus officinalis, has also been found to have antifungal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. And due to its anticancer effects, it has long been used in herbal medicine.
Of course there are other more obvious ways to avoid a hangover…
Remember not to drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
Ensure you stay hydrated as you party the night away by drinking a glass of water between drinks.
Water down drinks using spring water and/or mixers â?? it will make your drinks last longer and should ensure you drink less.
Alternatively order delicious â??virginâ?? cocktails and avoid alcohol altogether! These booze-free drinks look and taste like popular alcoholic cocktails but instead of waking up with a sickening hangover, youâ??ll wake up on New Yearâ??s Day ready to take on the world!
Whatâ??s your recommended tried-and-tested hangover cure?
Source: Science Daily
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