Asparagus ( Asparagus Officinalis):
Asparagus has been used as a Vegetable owing to its Distinct Flavor, and in Medicine due to its Diuretic Properties and its Purported Function as an Aphrodisiac. It is Pictured as an offering on an Egyptian Frieze dating to 3000 BC. In Ancient Times, it was also known in Syria and in the Iberian Peninsula. Greeks and Romans ate it Fresh when in Season, and Dried the Vegetable for use in Winter.
Asparagus mostly contains excellent quantities of different Vitamins, including Vitamins A, C K, B6, Riboflavin as well as Thiamine. Besides Vitamins, Asparagus is also Rich in Potassium content, but contains very less Sodium, having a perfect proportion of these Two Essential Minerals.
Asparagus also contains several other Nutrients, such as Fiber, Niacin, Fructose-Containing Oligosaccharides (FOS), Iron, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Sulfur. In addition, this Vegetable encloses a variety of Phyto-Nutrients like Inulin, Quercetin, Alpha-Carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and several others.
Asparagus is Highly Beneficial for Women during Pregnancy, as it contains adequate quantities of Folate, which is vital for Preventing Deformities in Newborns. It is also Helpful for Nursing Mothers. Consumption of adequate amounts of Folate is also said to be helpful in lowering the chances of developing specific Cancer Forms, especially Breast Cancer, colorectal Cancer and Cervical Cancer.
The Virtues of Asparagus are well known as a Diuretic and Laxative; and for those of Sedentary Habits who suffer from Symptoms of Gravel, it has been found Very Beneficial, as well as in cases of Dropsy. The Fresh Expressed Juice is taken Medicinally in Tablespoonful Doses.
The principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) state that Asparagus may be beneficial for People whose Body Heat as well as Dampness are Extreme. In fact, People who eat Foods Rich in Oils/Fats, Processed Foods, in addition to Extremely Intoxication and Seasoned Foods usually suffer from these conditions.
In the Ancient Indian Herbal Medicine System known as Ayurveda, this Vegetable is believed to reinforce the Kidneys, be a General Tonic for Women and even an Aphrodisiac.
Traditionally, People have used Asparagus to facilitate Treatment of Arthritis and Rheumatism.
Of Asparagus, Nicholas Culpepper Writes:
‘The decoction of the roots (Asparagus) boiled in wine, and taken is good to clear the sight, and being held in the mouth easeth the toothache.’ He also tells us it helps those sinews that ‘are shrunk by cramps and convulsions, and helpeth the sciatica .’