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Can you prevent a hangover with asparagus?

By on Nov 14, 2013

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New research has found that eating asparagus before a big night out could prevent a hangover the following morning. There are many so-called hangover cures that claim to work, ranging from a fry-up, drinking a glass of water before bed, yoghurt, and fruit juices.

How to prevent a hangover with asparagusWith the party season about to start, a hangover is an unwanted side effect. Drinking plenty of water alongside alcohol is a helpful tip, but there are also certain foods that can help to prevent the unwanted hangover. So let us explain how you could prevent a hangover.

These potential “cures” may help, but it is very important to drink water alongside alcohol to prevent dehydration.

Asparagus contains amino acids and minerals that can help prevent hangover symptoms by supporting the liver though the detoxification process.

The study conducted at Institute of Medical Science, and Jeju National University in South Korea was published in the Journal of Food Science, analysed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves and compared their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells.

B.Y. Kim, the lead researcher said, “Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”

Asparagus contains glutathione, which is an amino acid that is required for the detoxification process in the liver. This amino acid helps to remove toxins during phase 2 of liver detoxification process. Phase 2 detoxification removes harmful toxic compounds from the liver.

The researchers found that of the asparagus had higher amino acid and mineral content than the shoots. They therefore concluded that the leaves would be better at protecting the liver from damage and prevent the dreaded hangover.

Previous studies have also found asparagus can help to stimulate the liver to speed up the breakdown and elimination of alcohol from the body.

So we hope our advice can help you to prevent a hangover.