Ahhhh, hangovers. As miserable as they are, they’re often an indication of a fun-filled evening that occurred prior to us waking up with a pounding head, which, in a way, is kind of a positive.
What isn’t so positive is how awful they can make us feel, and further, how long they can linger and wreak total havoc upon our bodies.
There are a few ways to combat hangovers that some people swear by; hair of the dog, drinking more alcohol, taking a cold shower, chugging red Gatorade and downing some Advil … the list goes on. And, while I’ve tried one or two of these methods, I can say for certain that eating vegetables isn’t one I’ve tried.
As it turns out, though, there apparently is a vegetable that can help to alleviate a hangover, says an article from The Good News Network.
“Celebrating with alcohol may leave many suffering with the dreaded hangover. But according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science, the amino acids and minerals found in the extract of a specific vegetable may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins.
“Researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea analyzed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves to compare their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells.
“According to HowStuffWorks, in an informal trial the scientists also found that volunteers who imbibed a drink containing the extract reported fewer hangover symptoms.
“Asparagus officinalis is a common vegetable that is widely consumed worldwide and has long been used as an herbal medicine due to its anticancer effects. It also has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and diuretic properties,” the article states.
The idea of consuming asparagus prior to heading out for a night on the town may not seem overly enticing, but considering what it could do to help prevent a hangover, it just might be worth trying.