Asparagus for Alcohol Hangovers
Asparagus shoots are a favorite vegetable side dish eaten all over the world, and their nutritional value has long been known among health experts. It is believed to have diuretic, anticancer, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, scientists have found that asparagus leaves, which are often discarded and not eaten, contain more nutrients, which have greater therapeutic value than the edible shoots. Furthermore, researchers have discovered the biochemical basis for the therapeutic effects of asparagus, including relief from alcoholic hangovers.
Researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea led by B.Y. Kim have found the biochemical evidence by which Asparagus officinalis, also known as asparagus, exerts its biological functions in protecting liver cells from toxic insults, including the alleviation of hangovers from chronic alcoholism. The study, which was published in the Journal of Food Science, also found that the vegetable’s amino acid and mineral contents were much higher in the often discarded leaves compared to the more popularly eaten shoots.
Chronic alcohol intake is associated with oxidative stress on liver cells. Scientists have shown, using human cultures of liver cells, that asparagus extracts suppressed 70% of cellular toxicities (as indicated by biochemical markers) induced by ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, or tetrachloride carbon (CCl4).
Asparagus spears are sold in many markets, supermarkets and restaurants in green, white and purple varieties. This vegetable is one of the most nutritionally balanced vegetables that is high in folic acid, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, and fiber. It is also low in calories and can be eaten raw or with little preparation.
Institute of Food Technologists. Eating asparagus may prevent a hangover, study suggests. ScienceDaily.