Asparagus - Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Botanical Name :: Asparagus officinali
Indian Name :: Shatwar, Soot mooli and Halyan
The Asparagus is cultivated mostly for its tender shoots, commonly known as spears. This vegetable is of great importance in the diet because of its valuable salts, vitamins and for its large amount of cellulose contents. The Asparagus is a perennial plant, with underground fleshy root-stock. The young shoots are eaten when 6 to 15 cm. high.
Origin and Distribution of Asparagus
Asparagus is native of the eastern Mediterranean lands and Asia Minor. The Romans cultivated the plant in 200 BC. It has, over the centuries, been taken into gardens from the wild and progressively improved by selection. In China, there a.re several wild species; the tuberous roots of some of which are used as food as well as in medicine. Asparagus is now an important crop, especially in Taiwan where the shoots are canned for export. It is widely grown in East Africa and Malay asia
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties of Asparagus
The Asparagus has multipurpose therapeutic properties. It is an alkaline foodstuff. It is an excellent body cleanser and its use will prevent or combat blood acidity. It has a nitrogenous content called 'asparagin' which has diuretic properties. It is said that the liberal use of the young shoots acts as a rejuvenator. However, the use of Asparagus should be avoided in goitre, liver and kidney diseases and in case of excess mucus, especially cetarrhal mucus.
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