ASPARAGUS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Name                          :           Asparagus

Scientific Name      :           Asparagus officinalis

Health Benefits:

Asparagus provides relieve from pre-menstrual syndrome, diabetes, cancer, cataract, hangover, rheumatism, depression, tuberculosis, convulsions, neurodegenerative diseases and fertility. It lowers the blood cholesterol and urinary tract infections. It enhances the digestive health, reduces homocysteine levels and maintains healthy heart.

Assist digestion

Asparagus possess inulin which is also called prebiotic. It enhances the nutrient absorption and lowers the chances of stomach allergies and cancer. The adequate amount of dietary fiber and laxative properties assist in the bowel functions and eliminates constipation, bloating.  Fiber also reduces the cholesterol levels in the body. It is used in Ayurvedic therapy to cure dyspepsia, diarrhea, burning sensations and navel pain. The studies show that the use of Asparagus effectively treats dyspepsia. 

Antitumor properties

Asparagus possess phytonutrients called saponins. The study has shown that Asparagus possess the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Asparagus increase the glutathione levels, antioxidant compounds which is essential for preventing cystic fibrosis, anemia, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, cardiac disorders AIDS and HIV.

Reduce diabetes

Asparagus possess anti-inflammatory properties which lowers the chances of chronic health ailments such as type 2 diabetes. It attributes the mineral chromium which is essential for the regulation of blood sugar level. The studies shows that Asparagus helps to maintain the blood sugar level, enhance insulin secretion and provides anti-diabetic effect.

Cures hangovers

The extracts of Asparagus possess essential amino acids which effectively cure hangovers caused due to the substantial consumption of alcoholic drinks. Fatigue, anxiety, vomiting and dehydration are the symptoms of hangovers. The study on the research shows that the shoots and leaves of Asparagus possess inorganic mineral content which assists to protect the liver cells from toxic effects of alcohol. (8)

Vision health

Vitamin A is essential for the healthy vision. The antioxidants found in Asparagus prevent the retina from damage which is caused by oxygen-free radicals. The presence of glutathione reduces the chances of eye ailments such as night blindness and cataracts.

Reduce arthritis

Arthritis is the chronic health condition leads to the joint inflammation. The studies show that the intake of foods rich in folate possess an anti-inflammatory properties which assist to soothe pain and relieve the poor functioning related with arthritis.

Treats hemorrhoid

Asparagus possess high amount of rutin which is a flavonoid containing anti-inflammatory properties, treats hemorrhoids and prevents blood clotting. It promotes permeability of capillaries, enhances blood vessels and prevents from being weak. Rutin eradicates the hardening of arteries by lessening the blood viscosity and relaxing hypertension, lowering cholesterol and supporting cardiovascular health.

Treats neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions which affect neurons of the human brain. The body is not able to replace the damaged neurons. The studies have shown that Asparagus effectively treats neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases. The presence of phytoestrogens in Asparagus possesses certain neuroprotective effects.

Cure urinary tract infections

The study conducted on the research shows that Asparagus contains anti-urolithiatic effect which helps to treat urinary tract infections. The diuretic properties found in Asparagus enhance the volume and frequency of urination. This eliminates the toxic waste from the body. The research shows that the anti urolithiatic effect attributes the antioxidants and essential Vitamin E and C. Asparagus breaks down the constituents of sulphur and ammonia into volatile compounds that assists to detoxify the body.

Reduce blood cholesterol

The studies have shown that the antioxidants found in Asparagus have the ability to treat oxidative stress and other disorders such as hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia. These diseases are the cause of high presence of cholesterol and fat in the body. It also leads to the fatal conditions such as atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases.

MINERALS:

Serving Size: 0.5 Cup, 90 g 

Calories 20 Kcal

Calories from Fat 1.8 Kcal.

PROXIMITY

AMOUNT

% DV

Water

83.37 g

N/D

Energy

20 Kcal

N/D

Energy

85 kJ

N/D

Protein

2.16 g

4.32%

Total Fat (lipid)

0.2 g

0.57%

Ash

0.57 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

3.7 g

2.85%

Total dietary Fiber

1.8 g

4.74%

Total Sugars

1.17 g

N/D

Sucrose

0.07 g

N/D

Glucose (dextrose)

0.38 g

N/D

Fructose

0.71 g

N/D

MINERALS

Copper, Cu

0.149 mg     

16.56%

Iron, Fe

0.82 mg

10.25%

Selenium, Se

5.5 µg

10.00%

Phosphorus, P

49 mg

7.00%

Manganese, Mn

0.139 mg

6.04%

Zinc, Zn

0.54 mg

4.91%

Potassium, K

202 mg

4.30%

Magnesium, Mg

13 mg

3.10%

Calcium, Ca

21 mg

2.10%

Sodium, Na

13 mg

0.87%

Fluoride

19.7 µg

0.49%

VITAMINS

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

45.5 µg

37.92%

Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic acid)

134 µg

33.50%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.146 mg

12.17%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.125 mg

9.62%

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

1.35 mg

9.00%

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

6.9 mg

7.67%

Vitamin A

45 µg

6.43%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.976 mg

6.10%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.071 mg

5.46%

Choline

23.5 mg

4.27%

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

0.202 mg

4.04%

Lycopene

27 µg

0.54%

Beta Carotene

544 µg

N/D

Betaine

0.8 mg

N/D

Lutein + zeaxanthin

694 µg

N/D

Tocopherol, beta

0.02 mg

N/D

Tocopherol, gamma

0.19 mg

N/D

LIPIDS

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.043 g

0.07%

Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)

0.043 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.094 g

0.55%

Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)

0.068 g

N/D

Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid)

0.026 g

N/D

AMINO ACIDS

Tryptophan

0.026 g

5.91%

Threonine

0.083 g

4.72%

Isoleucine

0.074 g

4.43%

Histidine

0.048 g

3.90%

Leucine

0.126 g

3.41%

Lysine

0.102 g

3.05%

Methionine

0.031 g

1.85%

Cystine

0.031 g

N/D

Phenylalanine

0.074 g

N/D

Tyrosine

0.051 g

N/D

Valine

0.112 g

N/D

Arginine

0.089 g

N/D

Alanine

0.112 g

N/D

Aspartic acid

0.5 g

N/D

Glutamic acid

0.229 g

N/D

Glycine

0.091 g

N/D

Proline

0.069 g

N/D

Serine

0.104 g

N/D

FLAVONOLS

Quercetin

13.6 mg

N/D

 

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