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Eating asparagus may help your holiday hangover

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Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

Drowning in Champagne cocktails or just straight up Jameson shots this holiday season? Feeling like crap the next day? Then do we have news for you!

If you are hungover sometime this holiday season (let’s get real, you’re probably hungover right now), put down that bloody Mary and forget the old hair of the dog hangover cure. Researchers say that eating asparagus can help prevent your day-after-drinking woes.

In a study published in 2009 in the Journal of Food Science, scientists from the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea found that the green veggie (which many find repulsive) can help ease the pain of hardcore holiday partying.

As all alcohol-lovers know, chronic drinking puts stress on the liver and dehydrates the body, which is the main cause of hangovers.

“Celluloid toxicities were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with the extracts of asparagus leaves and shoots,” lead researcher B.Y. Kim said in a statement to United Press International. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells.”

Moral of the story: Your mama was right from the beginning when she told you that eating your veggies was good for you. She just may not have known at the time that you’d be using her advice to cure your perpetual hangover.

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