Asparagus

Benefits of Asparagus

With its scientific name asparagus officinalis, this plant is also known as Lu sun in Chinese and common asparagus in English. It is known to be native in Europe but is also grown in Baguio and Chinese gardens for its vegetable and are now cultivated in Manila and other large towns as an ornament. As of now, asparagus can be cultivated in all temperate and sub-temperate countries.

Asparagus has mild-aperient, diuretic, sedative, laxative, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, diaphoretic, demulcent, immunomodulation, and laxative effects. However, its fruit is poisonous to humans. It is known to contain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, B1-6- 12, C, E, K, calcium, magnesium, zinc, dietary fiber, niacin, folic acid, iron, selenium, and others. Its roots are believed to treat bronchial catarrh and pulmonary tuberculosis.

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