Excessive drinking can cause headache, nausea, diarrhea, thirst and dehydration and over time, drinking alcohol too much can cause oxidative stress that leads to liver damage. There is something that might help cure hangovers and protect the liver and its cells at the same time.
Tylenol, coffee and dry toast are helpful for hangovers, but there is one thing you can eat that can help the most and that is asparagus. If you like asparagus that's good, if not then you may need to develop a taste for it, if you want to protect your body.
There are amino acids and vitamins contained in the vegetable that will replace those lost through excessive drinking and could will help protect the liver from damage. The leaves of asparagus have especially high levels of substances that protect the liver cells from toxins in alcohol.
According to News Health.com, researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea analyzed the effect of extracts of asparagus shoots and leaves on human and rat liver cells in the lab.
“Cellular toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots,” said lead researcher B.Y. Kim, in a news release from the Institute of Food Technologists. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”
Source: Institute of Food Technologists, news release, Aug. 13, 2009