Specialists of the National University of Jeju in South Korea have found new medicinal properties of asparagus: the leaves and shoots of the plant to protect liver cells from toxins and significantly relieve the symptoms of a hangover after drinking alcohol in large quantities, writes The Daily Mail. This effect is explained Korean scientists formed by the content of amino acids and mineral substances asparagus.
The study comprised of components that are found in the leaves and young shoots of asparagus, as well as a comparative analysis of their biochemical effects on human liver cells and the same cells of rodents. "Effects of leaf extract significantly reduced the toxicity of asparagus cells. According to the results of our study, the biological functions of asparagus have a positive impact on getting rid of the hangover and protect liver cells," - the authors of the work.
Experts also noted that for most effective defenses are leaves of a plant, since the concentration of amino acids and mineral substances is higher. Earlier research has shown that the amino acids contained in asparagus stimulate the function of enzymes, greatly accelerating the decay of alcohol in the body. It was noted that the volunteers who drank alcohol before taking a drink with extract of the leaves of asparagus, reported less severe symptoms of a hangover.
Asparagus is an excellent anti-cancer agent, as well as a diuretic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties.
The work was published in the Journal of Food Science.