At a time of year when you are more likely to suffer from the effects of excess alcohol there seems to be a lot of articles around offering hangover cures. This one claims that asparagus can ward off the effects of a hangover. Scientists have found that chemicals in the vegetable help to protect liver cells against toxins. The minerals and amino acids also replace those that are lost through drink. For the best effect it is recommended that you serve the leaves as well as the tender shoots.