The veggie seems to ease troubles 'the day after' and protect liver from damage, experts say
To treat a hangover, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest -- and eat your asparagus, researchers say.
A new study shows that the amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract may ease hangovers and protect liver cells against the toxins in alcohol.
The beneficial amino acids and minerals were found in higher concentrations in the leaves than the shoots, the researchers said.
Asparagus, a vegetable eaten in many countries around the world, has long been used for its anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects, according to the study in the current issue of the Journal of Food Science.
Asparagus is also a good source of folic acid, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C and thiamin, according to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board.
Over time, chronic alcohol use causes oxidative stress that leads to liver damage. Over-imbibing can cause headache, nausea, diarrhea and thirst.