Monday, August 17, 2009

Can Asparagus Help Hangovers?

Alcohol can increase hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women, as well as headaches. We've all probably suffered from a hangover after a night of excess. Well folks, it seems that asparagus might help alleviate the troublesome alcohol hangover.

An extract from asparagus may increase the function of enzymes in the liver and boost the metabolism of alcohol, according to new research from Korea.

Results published in the Journal of Food Science indicate that the extracts could be obtained from the portions of asparagus normally discarded by processors and growers, such as the leaves, offering a cheap source of the bioactives.

“These results provide biochemical evidence of the method by which A. officinalis exerts its biological functions, including the alleviation of alcohol hangover and the protection of liver cells against toxic insults,” wrote the researchers, from Jeju National University.
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