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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Does Asparagus cure cancer?

Do you believe everything you read on the Internet? I hope not...

For the past six years, a report has been circulating around the Internet that asparagus is the miracle cancer cure everyone's been looking for — supposedly based on a Cancer News Journal article that appeared in 1979.

This Journal article gives testimonies of people with cancer who were taking 2-4 tablespoons of asparagus puree twice daily to cure cancer.   Here's the short version of the story: Despite all the buzz, asparagus can't be considered a miracle cure for cancer but it can help a long way towards wellness.

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans valued asparagus for its medicinal value in addition to enjoying it as a food. The second century physician Galen attributed cleansing and healing properties to asparagus.

Asparagus can neutralize ammonia, protect small blood vessels, act as a diuretic… plus its fiber is a natural laxative. 

The technical stuff about Asparagus

The National Cancer Institute's The Glutathione Report names asparagus as the one food that tested highest in glutathione (GSH) — a phyto-chemical that's an antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties. Alternative health experts rate glutathione as one of the most valuable antioxidants. Your body makes its own glutathione, but less every year as you age, and it's not easy to find it in the form of food.

Asparagus is also rich in cancer-blocking vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and C, as well as selenium. All three nutrients have been singled out in studies as fierce cancer fighters, which you probably knew, assuming you're not brand new to alternative health. There's more: Asparagus contains vitamin E, zinc and manganese, anti-inflammatory saponins, flavonoids, and inulin.

Since asparagus contains so many nutrients, it deserves a regular place in your healthy diet — along with other fruits and veggies. It's best to get most of your nutrients from whole foods. Think of the meaning of the word supplement… and optimize your diet with increased fruits and vegetables today. Then let supplements be supplements.

Asparagus is also high in the following:
  •    Asparagus is an excellent source of the anti-inflammatory vitamin K… plus vitamin  B1, B2 and B3, bone-building copper, and phosphorus.
  •     It contains another B vitamin, folic acid. You can get 135 micrograms of folic acid — half your Recommended Daily Allowance or RDA — in just six spears of asparagus.
  •     One cup of asparagus contains more than 11% of the RDA of dietary fiber and nearly 10% of the RDA of protein… serving to stabilize digestion, curb overeating, maintain proper blood sugar, and prevent constipation. All with just a 43-calorie hit.
  •     Add in potassium, fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, and rutin (a compound that strengthens capillary walls) — and you have one powerful health-promoting food.
Convinced it's good for you yet?

How to prepare asparagus
Some asparagus are thick and some are thin. Use the thick ones for roasting or steaming, thin ones for grilling or sauteing.
To maximize your health value, eat asparagus raw.
Before eating or cooking, snap the woody stem off… it should self-select the right spot for you (much harder to find if you cut it with a knife).
Asparagus is easy to prepare. One of the easiest ways is to snap the bottom ends off, wash, put in a long baking pan, drizzle olive oil and your favorite seasonings on top — garlic or garlic powder, balsamic vinegar, lemon pepper or lemon zest, or Parmesan (not all of these at once!). Play around with it a little to find your personal favorite.

Why not get in on spring's favorite veggie and find out what it can do for your health?



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