Thinking about a plate of asparagus with that holiday martini? Researchers now conclude that may not be a bad idea. After a night of good times, celebrations and delightful spirited elixirs, when love is spreading the town, the morning after can be brutal, spiraling into bummer world with a constellation of agonizing headaches, nausea and a “mood” that won’t go away.
What is a hangover?
A hangover can be a different experience for each and everyone of us. Much of the symptoms depend on whether the alcohol was consumed on an empty stomach, how much was taken in or how much you rocked and rolled that evening. Even the timing of each drink can make a huge difference. Alcohol depletes the body of nutrients like potassium, salt, zinc and magnesium. Dehydration is also an issue with too much drinking. A toxic enzyme builds up within the body and causes headaches and other intolerant issues.
Researchers at Jeju National University in Korea have discovered that the vibrant green asparagus plant including leaves and shoots stimulate enzyme functions and break down the alcohol in the body. The study proved that the vitamins and minerals in asparagus plus the amino acids helped protect the liver cell protection and alleviated the effect of too much alcohol.
Asparagus has always been a shining star in disease protection including cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal issues. The spears, whether they are green or white, have been considered a delicacy throughout the world but also heralded as a medicinal veggie in many regions of the globe. Asparagus holds phytonutrients including saponins. Not only do they contain anti-inflammatory properties, they also hold components that improve blood pressure and lower blood sugar.
Asparagus is packed with folic acid, a water soluble vitamin that revives cell production. Other vitamins include vitamin K, A, B’s and C. Minerals packed into the very low calorie vegetable include magnesium, potassium, tryptophan, iron and zinc.
A side of asparagus along side of your New Year’s Eve elixir of choice may help, but keep in mind the only magic cure for a hangover is not to over drink. To reduce symptoms of a hangover, keep in mind that eating before the drinking can help. Always enjoy a full glass of purified water along side of spirit. Choose your choice of beverage carefully and stick to one kind of drink. And most important, don’t forget to place a plate of local, fresh asparagus close by. One last thing. Don’t drink and drive.
“Eating Asparagus May Prevent Hangover”; Science Daily.com