Asparagus is a Mediterranean vegetable that has been consumed for over 2000 years. The shoots are commonly green however there are rarer types that are also consumed, the darker being purple in colour is sweeter and higher in antioxidants. You can even get white asparagus which is grown solely underground.
Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus is rich in folic acid, a source of Vitamin B9. Common symptoms of having low levels of B9 are feeling weak, tired and generally lacking energy. Research has also linked this to depression and anxiety, which consumer often prefer to treat naturally before turning to traditional medicines.
Folic acid aids cell production which is why it is often used to treat certain types of anemia (lack of red blood cells). For these reasons it is also important to keep good levels of Folic Acid before and during pregnancy. It is said that Folic Acid prevents birth defects that affect the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Research shows that taking Folic Acid can reduce the risk to your pregnancy by up to 72%.
Asparagus also contains Vitamin E which helps to boost your immune system. It is also a natural diuretic, this means that it will help your body flush excess liquid helping to combat bloating.
What is Shatavari?
Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) is another species of Asparagus this time commonly found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Himalayas. Shatavari often linked with fertility helping to enhance both the male and female reproductive systems. There has been a study published by Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease that would indicate that taking Shatavari helped with fertility, breast milk production and mood swings. It is available in powder form, which is usually added to teas and warm drinks. The recommended dosage is between 500mg – 100mg twice a day.
Asparagus is often included within detox blends because of its high antioxidant properties and diuretic properties. Whether in a powder or capsule format, the consumer uses a food supplement to reduce bloating, feel cleansed and to try and reduce oxidative stress within the cells.