Asparagus is one of the best all around foods on the planet, great any time of year. But most often seen in the super markets in the spring, but these days you can usually find it year round. And there are white and green varieties with the green being the most common.
Asparagus has been farmed for over 5,000 years and goes all the way back to before Egyptian times and has been used as a treatment in Ayurvedic Medicine.
And asparagus is cultivated in South America, Europe, Mexico, the US and many other places around the world. And some feel that asparagus is one of the world healthiest foods on the planet. In fact I know people all over the world who wait every year for the first asparagus of the season — they love it!
Diuretic – Asparagus is one of the most powerful diuretics around, and will rid your body of water weight from water retention. And it can help to lower your blood pressure because it works to get rid of excess fluids.
Weight Loss – Many of these weight loss TV have their people eat asparagus for the first 2 weeks to make sure they lose all the water weight – it’s true! And Asparagus is low in calories and makes a great weight loss food in general… remember don’t add the butter and cheese.
Antioxidant – Asparagus contains lots of glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. And it’s also a good detoxing agent and helps to fight off free radicals and prevent damage to your DNA and slow the ageing process.
Cancer Preventing – Asparagus helps to prevent lung, bone, throat, colon, and breast cancer. Works well just like all the other green leafy veggies that help to slow cancer formation. And some research has been done using enzymes and proteins originally found in asparagus for treating leukemia.
Contains – Asparagus contains lots of great A, B, C, E, and K vitamins and lots of great minerals such as iron and copper for anemia, tryptophan for a good nights rest, molybdenum preventing esophageal cancer, potassium for water regulation, phosphorus and calcium for strong bones, zinc for boosting your immune system, magnesium for a healthy nervous system, selenium for a healthy prostate, and lots of great fiber for creating a good environment for growth of probiotic bacteria in your colon.
Saponin – Asparagus contains saponin which is a good anticancer agent and also a great anti-inflammatory compound. And helps with metabolism and fat reduction, lowers blood sugar, and helps to lower blood pressure.
Anti-inflammatory – Asparagus contains lots of anti-inflammatory agents that are important for keeping away disease, compounds such as protodioscin, diosgenin, sarasapogenin, asparainin A, rutin, isohamnetin, kaempferol, quercetin, and many more powerful anti-inflammatory agents that help with lots of disease processes including auto-immune diseases, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Good for the GI Tract – Asparagus contains lots of inulin which is a sugar that does not break down until it reaches the colon where it acts as a growth agent for good bacteria. Thus helping to boost your immune system, prevents colon disease, cancer, and lowers your possibility of having allergies.
Fiber – Asparagus contains lots of great fiber which helps to eliminate constipation and creates good colon health.
Diabetes – Because asparagus contains lots of wonderful B vitamins it also helps break down starches and sugars slowly to help prevent diabetes and works wonders in lowering homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a inflammatory marker that results when there’s lots of inflammation going on in the body which produces heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Changes Urine Odor – Asparagus does change the smell of your urine, but don’t worry about it, it means nothing. Studies have been done on the odour and it does not relate to anything that can be hazardous to your health.
Cooking – Asparagus can be used raw in salads, or cooked and used in casseroles, soups, stews, stir fries, with eggs, pickled, or just steamed, and just about any dish in which you use some kind of veggie. Remember the more you cook a veggie the less nutrients and live enzymes you have for your body… so eat asparagus raw or as lightly cooked as possible, but splurge once in a while… life is short.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to contact him any time. Also check out Dr. Haider’s radio show at http://www.thesourcecenterradio.com/The-Relaxed-Soul.html Nov. show to be about “Aliens and God”
Dr. Paul Haider, Master Herbalist, HH, USA, Asparagus, Healthy, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Diabetes, GI Tract Health, Fiber, Anti-Cancer, Anti-oxidant, Weight Loss, Water Retention, More than 5000 years old,