Health Benefits of Asparagus

Sourabh Gupta Apr 23, 2019
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Asparagus is a leafless, fleshy, speared, and tender perennial plant that is topped with bud-like compact heads. Its consumption has a myriad of health benefits. Read on to know more...
Asparagus is a member of the Lily family (Liliaceae) that includes leeks, garlic, and onions. About 2000 years ago, in the eastern Mediterranean, it was known for its unique texture and medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties. Although more than 300 varieties are known, only 20 are edible.
This plant arrives with spring and its growing season extends through July. Asparagus available in the market is actually the shoot from an underground crown. These crowns, planted in sandy soil, take up to 3 years to grow, but once they do, they keep on producing the shoots for over 20 years.
The most amazing fact is that they can grow up to 10 inches in a single day.
Besides the green asparagus that is generally available in the market, there are two other types―white asparagus, which is delicate but difficult to harvest, and purple asparagus, which is fruitier and smaller in size. Here are some health benefits of consuming it.

Heart Health

Asparagus contains folate, which is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system. Drinking a little amount of its juice mixed with raw honey, three times a day, helps to strengthen a weak heart.

Natural Diuretic

It is a good source of potassium. Its minerals combined with asparagine, an active amino acid, makes it an effective diuretic medicine. It is therefore very useful in relieving premenstrual swelling and bloating. It also helps in relieving irritability, fatigue, and depression.

Food for Healthy Gut Flora

This vegetable is rich in minerals. It contains a carbohydrate called inulin which we cannot digest. However, some health promoting bacteria present in the large intestine, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, feed on it. Hence, intake of asparagus increases the number of these good bacteria, which in turn prevents the growth of harmful bacteria.

Birth Defect Fighter

Folate, again, is the key nutrient here. Without a healthy intake of folate, the nervous system cells of a fetus do not divide properly. Hence, consuming asparagus helps to reduce birth defects like spina bifida and decreases the chances of low birth weight in a newborn.

Other Health Benefits

  • Asparagus juice is high in alkaline property; hence, it helps reduce acidity of the blood by cleaning the muscle tissues and also helps in dissolving kidney stones.
  • This plant contains a phytochemical that produces anti-inflammatory effect, helping in arthritis and rheumatism.
  • Being rich in fiber, its regular consumption improves the bowel movements.
  • It is a good antioxidant and can help in preventing cancer and eye problems like cataract.
  • It helps in controlling blood sugar levels, making it beneficial for diabetic people.
  • It also increases the success rate of chemotherapy.
  • It is a good body detoxifying agent and also helps to prevent urinary tract infections
  • Asparagus is good for nursing mothers as it helps in stimulating milk production.
  • It also helps in treating HIV and diseases like multiple sclerosis and scurvy.
As you can see, consuming asparagus is very beneficial to one's health. Include it in your daily diet by cooking it in a variety of dishes and stay healthy.