Asparagus May Cure Hangovers

English: Asparagus tip growing in a tub

English: Asparagus tip growing in a tub (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As we get closer to New Year’s Eve, hangovers become a distinct possibility. That’s why a study conducted by researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea back in September 2009 has been reissued. It examines how the amino acids in asparagus extract may lessen the effects of a hangover and protect liver cells against toxins.

The researchers analyzed the components of the young shoots and the leaves of asparagus and compared how their biochemical properties affected liver cells in both rats and humans. They discovered that the amino acids and inorganic minerals were much higher in the leaves than the shoots. The researchers also found that:

  • Cellular toxicities caused by hydrogen peroxide, ethanol, or tetrachloride carbon were  significantly lessened by treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. This protects the liver from alcohol damage.
  • The activities of two enzymes that metabolize ethanol, alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase, were increased by more than 2-fold after treatment with the leaf and shoot extracts. The quicker the alcohol is metabolized, the less intense the hangover will be.
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~ by chasm63 on December 27, 2012.

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