Hangover helper: asparagus
Ringing in the New Year with a glass of champagne sounds like a great idea, but when a single celebratory glass turns into several, be prepared for the wicked hangover that should accompany the rendition of Auld Lang Syne. However, new research from the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju University in South Korea has found that eating asparagus may be the key to stopping a hangover before it can hit. Asparagus contains minerals and amino acids that protect the liver from harmful toxins, effectively protecting the body from a hangover.
In studies on both rat and human cells, the researchers found that the leaves of the vegetable contained a higher amount of amino acids and minerals than the shoots, providing the maximum benefit from consumption, though eating the entire asparagus certainly proved beneficial in staving off a hangover.
Asparagus also fights inflammation and serves as a diuretic, properties which could also protect from a brutal holiday hangover.