Asparagus is a super food. It’s a high alkaline vegetable and a great source of potassium, folate and vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and strong bones. It also contains rutin, which helps to protect your blood vessels and it contains quercetin which is an anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting flavonoid.
Here’s what Duncan Capicchiano, a Naturopath and creator of KidneyCoach.com, says about asparagus. (http://www.kidneycoach.com/453/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-asparagus-to-halt-your-kidney-disease/)
Asparagus has been used as a medicinal food/herb since before the time of Christ; even its botanical name points to this, Asparagus officinalis. Officinalis is given in acknowledgment to its “official” use as a therapeutic herb. This highly sought after and valued herb is native to both European and Asian cultures; and this is shown in many texts based on botany and herbal medicine findings throughout the regions.
Asparagus is most well known for its specific action on all of the urinary system (kidneys and bladder), the most well known being:
1. Helps support and facilitate kidney function
2. Increases urine production (diuretic)
3. Soothing to the urinary system
4. Anti-edema – especially with excess fluid from around the heart
5. Kidney and bladder cleanser
6. Boosts cellular action in the kidneys
7. Breaks up uric acid – therefore excellent for gout and kidney stones
*Best avoided in conditions where the kidneys are chronically inflamed (e.g. nephritis), and not to be eaten in excess.
Others actions include: Lowers blood pressure (due to diuretic action), bitter (stimulates digestion), laxative (due to fiber), blood purifier, anti-rheumatic (removes uric acid), anti-parasitic, calming, promotes fertility, beneficial for all aspects of the female reproductive system (highly beneficial for men too).
The magic of this humble plant comes down to many naturally occurring chemicals; unlike western medicine that just singles out one chemical:
Bitter principles: officinalisins
Flavonoids (rutin, quercetin, kaempferol)
Including: Vitamin A, B, C, E, folic acid, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, silicon
To read this article online: http://www.kidneycoach.com/453/7-reasons-why-you-should-eat-asparagus-to-halt-your-kidney-disease/
Asparagus can be eaten raw, grilled, or lightly steamed. It can also be juiced for those who want to do some serious kidney cleansing.
Asparagus is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the Clean 15, meaning conventionally grown asparagus has minimal amounts of pesticide residues.
The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.,C.N.S.