When you’re head feels like lead and your last meal starts crawling up your throat after a night of awesome partying, then congratulations--you have a hangover. Since it’s probably one of the nastiest feelings in the world, many people have tried coming up with a lot of cures for it, such as eating toast and crackers or sipping hot sinigang soup.

Now, here’s another cure that’s scientifically legit--eating asparagus. In a study featured on ScienceDaily.com, researchers from the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea investigated the effects of the chemical components of asparagus on human liver cells.

Lead researcher B.Y. Kim says, "Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”

Asparagus is apparently rich in amino acids and other minerals, which in turn lessens the oxidative stress on the liver of a person who has been drinking. It also helps clean the body of toxins and alleviates other hangover symptoms such as dizziness and nausea.

More than just being a great source of amino acids, according to this article from EatingWell.com, asparagus is packed with antioxidants, chromium, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. It’s also known to fight many age-related diseases and cognitive decline, and helps in flushing out excess salts in the body.

So whether or not you’re planning to party anytime soon, always have a stash of fresh asparagus in your vegetable basket. Not only can it help you deal with that nasty hangover, but its many benefits can also help keep you healthy.

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