New Hagover Cure: Move Over Bloody Mary, Asparagus Here To Stay!

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Heavy alcohol (ethanol) drinking leads to a number of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms, including fatigue, thirst, headache, nausea, vomiting and so on. In addition, ethanol itself and acetaldehyde, a metabolite produced in the course of ethanol breakdown, may induce a number of toxic results, especially in the liver. "The two key enzymes, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) quickly metabolize ethanol into the 'nontoxic' acetate," explains Deokbae Park, PhD, professor of medicine at Cheju National University School of Medicine in Korea. "Our study basically aimed to find any diet to promote the breakdown of ethanol by stimulating the two key enzymes," he says. By adding the extract to liver cells in the lab, they determined that asparagus is high in amino acids that stimulate those enzyme functions, accelerating the breakdown of alcohol. In an informal trial that wasn't part of the study, Park found that volunteers who drank a beverage containing the extract reported fewer hangover symptoms.

There’s a new cure for champagne-induced Party hangovers. We used to think that Bloody Marys or a cup of coffee were miracle hangover cures, but new research shows that a few stalks of asparagus might do a better job. In a recent study by the Institute of Food Technologists, researchers found that amino acids in the hearty vegetable help the body metabolize alcohol more quickly while protecting liver cells at the same time.

The ultimate day of imbibing may not have to be followed by the ultimate hang over. The Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea have found that the components in young asparagus shoots and leaves significantly alleviated human (and rat) liver cells that were reacting to alcohol. Extracts from asparagus significantly drove down the liver cell’s toxicity caused by alcohol consumption.

Could a breakfast of asparagus and eggs be all the body needs to recover from Party or family celebrations? The research has found that the delicious vegetable’s combination of amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, potassium and folate, coupled with its natural anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties can reduce the effects of a big night out.

Even if you aren’t a big drinker, the study finds that asparagus’ combination of nutrients could help protect liver cells from other toxins that it filters through the body and provides a host of other health benefits as well. So, plan ahead and stock a bundle of asparagus with your champagne, and never mind the smelly-pee stigma for just one day!

via Inhabitat

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