Nokyoung Xayasane
December 27, 2012

Eating Asparagus Could Totally Prevent Hangovers


We’ve got some great news for those of you who plan on drinking just a wee bit too much on New Year’s Eve: There’s a new hangover remedy in town. Don’t kick off 2013 nursing your hangover with a pot of coffee or raw eggs (ugh) — munch on a stalk of asparagus instead.

A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that “cellular toxicities were significantly reduced” in the liver cells of mice and humans who consumed extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots. According to lead researcher B.Y. Kim, “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”

That’s a pretty powerful veggie. But that’s not all.

Asparagus has also been used worldwide for its healthful properties as an anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic veggie. Dayum, asparagus, you put other veggies to shame. Despite your pungent odor, you have a lot to offer us — especially us over-imbibers.

The study was first published in 2009, which makes us wonder why we weren’t aware of this sooner? All those agonizing hangovers induced by YOLO and the sweet taste of champagne could’ve been prevented! Oh well, c’est la vie.

Be sure to let us know if you try using asparagus as a hangover cure this year!