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Asparagus extracts may fight hangover, protect the liver.

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Washington, Aug 15 (ANI): Asparagus extract contains amino acids and minerals, which may ease alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins, according to according to
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 a study.

Asparagus officinalis is a common vegetable that is widely consumed worldwide, and has long been used as an herbal medicine herbal medicine, use of natural plant substances (botanicals) to treat and prevent illness. The practice has existed since prehistoric times and flourishes today as the primary form of medicine for perhaps as much as 80% of the world's population.  due to its anticancer effects.

It also has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and diuretic diuretic (dī'yərĕt`ĭk), drug used to increase urine formation and output. Diuretics are prescribed for the treatment of edema (the accumulation of excess fluids in the tissues of the body), which is often the result of underlying  properties.

For the study, researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea analysed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves to compare their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells.

"The amino acid and mineral contents were found to be much higher in the leaves than the shoots," said lead researcher B.Y. Kim.

Chronic alcohol use causes oxidative stress oxidative stress,
n an imbalance of the prooxidant antioxidant ratio in which too few antioxidants are produced or ingested or too many oxidizing agents are produced.
 on the liver as well as unpleasant physical effects Physical effects is the term given to a sub-category of special effects in which mechanical or physical effects are recorded. Physical effects are usually planned in preproduction and created in production.  associated with a hangover.

"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," said Kim.

The study has been published in the Journal of Food Science. (ANI)

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