Asparagus lovers rejoice. In case you did not know it, asparagus juice has joined the ranks of fashionable natural health remedies readily available in every kitchen. And while stores such as Whole Foods tried to rip off consumers by charging more than $6 for a jar of three spears in water, the next time you steam asparagus for dinner, you might want to keep the juice instead of pouring it down the drain.
Meanwhile, regular vegetable juicers can make healthful blended concoctions by adding 1 cup of asparagus to other vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, as well as apples (for sweetening) in their own homes.
While the vegetable has been touted as a natural diuretic helpful, for preventing kidney and bladder stones, as well as anemia, it benefits the digestive system by encouraging regular bowel movements (thanks to its high fiber content).
In addition, asparagus is great for treating hormone imbalances in females, easing premenstrual swelling and bloating, and reducing belly fat, while alleviating mood swings such as irritability, depression, and fatigue.
Other uses include: prevent the progression of cataracts and other eye maladies (thanks to its anti-antioxidant and glutathione content); treating joint pain; dryness in the lungs and throat; nerve pain; AIDS; cancer; and diseases caused by parasites.
Some people even use it directly on their faces for drying up acne sores, etc. Whether or not it contains any real aphrodisiac properties, other than it’s “suggestive” appearance to some remains to be seen according to individual imaginations.
Although the vegetable is 93% water, unlike celery it is very low in sodium. At the same time, asparagus is an excellent source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, as well as vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, manganese, and copper.
In addition, its chromium content enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells, making it a good food for diabetics and those suffering from hypoglycemia. However, it is important to note that since asparagus can act as a diuretic, it may affect how efficiently the body eliminates lithium.
Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consult your healthcare provider before eating/drinking asparagus juice to excess as a “medical cure” for any of the ailments listed above.
Note: Asparagus has been celebrated as a food and medicine since at least 3,000 BC. Today the versatile vegetable continues to be honored with numerous annual festivals worldwide, including ones in Stockton, VA, Hart, Michigan (complete with Asparagus Queen and parade), The Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, England, where attendees participate in auctions, as well as an “Asparagus Run,” and a weekend “Asparafest” music festival. Meanwhile, The city of Nuremberg, Germany honors asparagus with a weeklong festival every April, not to mention other “Spargelfest (asparagus festivals) throughout the country, etc.