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Just in time for New Years...
12-27-2012, 08:05 AM
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Just in time for New Years...
Drinking milk, eating bread, water before bed; the list of hangover prevention methods is extensive.
However, new research suggests that tucking into a few asparagus shoots before a big night out may be all that is required.
According to research by the Institute of Medical Science, and Jeju National University in South Korea, amino acids and minerals found in the vegetable may alleviate hangover symptoms and protect liver cells against toxins.
As part of the study, which was published in the Journal of Food Science, researchers analysed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves and compared their biochemical effects on human, and rat, liver cells.
Lead researcher B.Y. Kim 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.’
The researchers also looked at the different components of the asparagus plant to find which portions of it would be most beneficial in preventing the dreaded effects of excessive alcohol consumption.
They found that the leaves of the asparagus had higher amino acid and mineral content than the shoots, meaning that the leaves would be better able to protect the liver from damage and prevent hangovers.

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