Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Of Asparagus – Why you should add asparagus to your regular diet!

By Scott Mathias CHHC. AADP

All naturally occurring foods seem to be designed by nature to undertake certain functions inside Human biology, none-the-least, the humble ASPARAGUS, so why not add asparagus to your regular diet. This article discusses the anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus that you probably aren’t aware of.

Asparagus is a highly alkaline food, that is ideal for removing toxins from the bladder, kidneys and, at the same time affording protection for the liver.

China and Peru are the world’s largest producers and exporters of asparagus. 

Asparagus is a flowering perennial plant belonging to the Asparagaceae family.

Did you know that only 20 of the 300 varieties of asparagus are EDIBLE?

Coming from two of Planet Earth’s oldest cultures, asparagus has long been known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. In fact, it has appeared in ancient records as far back as 3000BC in Egypt.

anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus
Asparagus has been used to treat conditions like arthritis and rheumatism.

It also supports the reduction of inflammation of the urinary tract and is also useful for nerve pain and swelling. This is called neuritis. 

For the scientifically minded, asparagus has a truly unique combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as flavonoids: quercetin, rutin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetin.  

Asparagus is rich in saponins compounds including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin.  Sarsasapogenin is being researched for its potential benefits for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Motor Neurons disease is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  

Recent research indicates that inflammation can be responsible for the death of motor neurons in ALS.

Inflammation is often associated with the development of a disease, including cancer.  

It causes changes in cells that lead to tumor development and progression.

This means that reducing inflammation is ideal to maintain cellular health.

Asparagus is a highly alkaline food with an ability to scrub out the bladder, kidneys, and assuage the liver.

It is loaded with an amino acid called asparagine that helps to cleanse the body of toxic waste. That’s why some people’s urine can have that unpleasant odour after eating asparagus. This is the smell of toxins being removed from your body.

anti-inflammatory benefits of asparagus
Pain seared asparagus with sundried tomatoes and macadamia nut cheese drizzled with balsamic

Great for diet and digestion too!

‘Inulin’ is a carbohydrate present in asparagus that encourages the growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, which are two bacteria that increase the absorption of nutrients. They reduce the risk of allergies as well as colon cancer.  

It helps to prevent unfriendly bacteria from taking hold in our intestinal tract.

Moreover, a 226gm or 8 ounce serving of asparagus contains more than 11% of the RDA of fibre and almost 10% of the RDA of protein.

The healthy fibre and protein content in asparagus stabilises our digestion, inhibits excesses, keeps a low amount of sugar in the blood and prevents and minimises inflammation constipation.

Add asparagus to your regular diet to ensure that your body receives the anti-inflammatory support it needs.

Asparagus is high in VitK and VitC.

A cup of asparagus also contains only 43 calories.

Asparagus forms the basis of a number of really amazing whole food plant-based dishes and its anti-inflammatory benefits are many and varied.

References:

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Scott Mathias is a Certified Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Author and Gut Whisperer. He is a former journalist and researcher with a penchant for thought-provoking stories

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