When consumed as a food, asparagus is a top source of folate (a type of B vitamin found to protect against depression and heart disease). But taking asparagus extract in supplement form shows promise as a natural treatment for a number of health conditions and ailments, including alcohol-induced hangovers.
In a preliminary study published in 2009, scientists found that amino acids and minerals available in asparagus extract may help fight hangovers. In tests on human and rat cells, the study's authors discovered that compounds sourced from young asparagus shoots and leaves helped shield liver cells from the toxic effects of alcohol.
For more help in alleviating hangover symptoms, consider taking prickly pear extract before you drink. Some research shows that this remedy may help prevent such symptoms as dry mouth and nausea when taken five hours prior to alcohol consumption. Alternating each drink with a glass of water can also help stave off hangovers.
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