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How Asparagus Can Prevent a Hangover

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Asparagus contains compounds that can alleviate hangover pain. (Image credit: Stockxpert)

With holiday festivities still in full swing, now is a good time to stock up on wine, beer, liquor — and asparagus.

Scientists from the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago say amino acids and minerals in the green vegetable spears can relieve the toxic effect that excess alcohol has on the liver, according to Fox News.

These helpful compounds, however, are much more prevalent in the asparagus plant's leaves — which nobody eats — than in the spears. So rather than consume several pounds of limp green veggies on New Year's Eve, consider these other ways to prevent a hangover:

Most researchers recommend hydrating with plenty of water or other fluids, since alcohol-induced dehydration is a primary cause of hangover misery. Other tips include taking B-vitamins during the party and the next morning, avoiding dark liquors like whiskey and eating before you consume alcohol. [3 Ways to Make Holiday Drinks Healthier]

While taking an anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen is a good idea before and after a hangover strikes, stay away from Tylenol (acetaminophen), which can harm the liver, especially when combined with alcohol. And when all else fails — try preventing your next hangover by not drinking so much.

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Marc Lallanilla
Marc Lallanilla has been a science writer and health editor at About.com and a producer with ABCNews.com. His freelance writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and TheWeek.com. Marc has a Master's degree in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.