What is asparagus (Asparagus racemos)?
It is one of the oldest plants in Ayurveda and is mentioned in the oldest books of Indian medicine. In Charaksamhita and Ashtanga Hridayam, it is called "Women's Tonic". In fact, you may be surprised to learn that asparagus means "one hundred husbands." Asparagus is famous for its overall health benefits of the female reproductive system. If you think this is all, then you will be surprised that asparagus is called "cure for a hundred diseases" in Ayurveda. Also, adaptogenic (antiseptic) and antioxidant properties make it a very effective plant to maximize anti-stress and reduce aging problems. The importance of this plant is such that Ayurveda calls it the "Queen of Plants".
Health benefits of asparagus
Asparagus is a very good plant for fertility and sexual health of women, but for some reason it is called a plant with many remedies.It enhances their sexual ability, balances hormones and improves fertility. Taking asparagus reduces menstrual pain and menstruation has been found to be regular.
1. Beneficial in PCOS:
Research studies suggest that asparagus has estrogen-like effects on the body, which regulates hormone function in women and aids in the proper development of oocytes, which handles all risk factors for PCOS. Yet more studies are needed to confirm its effectiveness and extent to PCOS prevention.
2. Women's Health:
Asparagus is famous for its benefits for women. It enhances their sexual ability, balances hormones and improves fertility. Taking asparagus reduces menstrual pain and menstruation has been found to be regular.
3. Benefits for foster mothers:
Asparagus is used as a laxative in Ayurvedic medicine. Although pre-clinical evidence confirms this benefit, human studies are still insufficient to prove the milk-producing function of asparagus.
4. Improves sexual desire in men:
Asparagus is beneficial not only for women but also for men. Regular consumption of asparagus has been shown to have aphrodisiac function on the body. However, in the absence of a medical study, it would be better to talk to a doctor about this benefit.
5. Reduces peptic ulcer:
Medical studies have found that regular consumption of 3 grams of asparagus milk is effective in reducing the severity of peptic ulcer regardless of age or gender. However, it requires some dietary restrictions and should be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
6. Natural Antioxidants:
Laboratory studies suggest that asparagus is rich in antioxidant compounds, which fight free radical damage and improve your natural ability to fight disease. It slows down aging and also improves organ function.
7. Reduces stress:
Asparagus has been found to be an effective antidepressant in pre-medical conditions. As an adaptogenic plant, it lowers stress hormones in your body and your mind becomes stress free.
8. Acts as an antibiotic:
A series of studies have confirmed that asparagus leaf extract can inhibit the growth of many pathogenic microorganisms and has some potential as a natural antibiotic for the treatment of infectious diseases.
9. Relieves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:
Asparagus is recommended as an effective anti-inflammatory plant in research studies. Taking it regularly can reduce the swelling and pain associated with arthritis. Being an antioxidant plant, it reduces free radical damage, which is one of the leading causes of rheumatic inflammation.
10. Relieves Diarrhoea:
Ayurvedic doctors prescribe asparagus to reduce the symptoms of diarrhoea. Laboratory studies confirm this conventional use, but human-based studies have not yet been completed to confirm the anti-diarrheal power of asparagus.
11. Good for hair:
Asparagus is a natural antibacterial and antifungal substance. It helps prevent fungal infections of the scalp. An anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it ensures that you do not get scalp problems like eczema and psoriasis. It also reduces hair loss and premature greying.
12. Lowering Blood Sugar:
Animal-based studies suggest that asparagus increases the amount of insulin in your body, which makes it easier to clear excess blood sugar.
13. Increases immunity:
Scientific studies have shown that using asparagus strengthens the immune system and clears out pathogens by boosting your immune system. It is also useful in reducing the likelihood of post-surgical infections.
14. Prevents mosquito-borne diseases:
Asparagus root extract has been shown to be toxic to mosquito larvae, eggs and adults. It is speculated that since it is a plant, it originated from mosquitoes and therefore can act in many ways against the carriers of the disease and does not pose a risk of resistance.
Asparagus extract, given as an adjuvant (hormone) with the vaccine, gives a better immune response than just vaccination. This is because of the immune hormone properties of asparagus, the underlying cause of which is the abundant saponin component.
16. Prevents cancer:
In vitro (laboratory-based) studies show that asparagus root and leaf extract has anti-cancer properties. It has been found that the active compound asparagus present in this plant suppresses the growth and spread of cancer cells. However, medical tests are still needed to confirm this benefit.
How to use
1-2 Capsule daily one or two times with milk or water or as directed by Doctor.
Side effects of asparagus
This herb has no major side effects, even in large doses. However, it can lead to minor allergic reactions when applied directly to the skin in addition to giving off foul-smelling urine. It can cause pulmonary or lung related allergic reactions like runny nose, asthma, cough, throat problem etc.
People who are allergic to onions, garlic and other related vegetables should avoid asparagus as it is part of the lilac family.