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Study: Asparagus Could Prevent Hangovers

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File photo of bundles of asparagus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of bundles of asparagus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (CBS St. Louis) – A recent study has found that eating asparagus could help New Year’s Eve revelers avoid a hangover on the first morning of 2013.

The study, first promoted by the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago, found that minerals and amino acids found naturally in the asparagus plant could curb the symptoms of alcohol-induced hangovers.

According to Science Daily, scientists and researchers at the Jeju National University and the Institute of Medical Science in Korea examined the effects of parts of the young asparagus plant on the liver cells of both humans and rats.

Their findings reportedly revealed positive effects on the test subjects.

“Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots,” lead researcher B.Y. Kim was quoted as saying by the website. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”

Asparagus is also good for the diets often started as part of new year’s resolutions – the website for the United States Department of Agriculture states that one spear of the green plant contains only five calories.

And asparagus may have other beneficial effects on the human body as well, including anti-inflammatory and diuretic qualities, Science Daily reported.

The findings were published in the Journal of Food Science in 2009.

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