Hungover? Here’s Why You Should Reach For That…Asparagus

The next time you’re faced with an unpleasant hangover, you might want to remember this: Asparagus can save you from the next bleary-eyed morning with that booming headache. Yes, it could even combat the negative effects that come from a long night of drinking too much alcohol.

According to a study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2009, the common green stalky vegetable could actually help prevent the awful effects of a hangover. Researchers have analyzed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves to compare their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells… and found that the amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract were found to alleviate alcohol hangover.

And there’s more than that — the research also suggests that asparagus could protect liver cells against toxins — who knew a veggie could do that much?

via Science Daily

By Jennifer Lai

At the ripe age of three, Jennifer Lai sampled dishes as diverse as foie gras, jellyfish, and chicken feet. She was born Canadian, hails from Los Angeles, and lived in Berkeley and Chicago before moving to New York, where she now resides and writes. She spends at least one night a week compulsively roasting vegetables and re-watching episodes of Good Eats -- sometimes at the same time.

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