A must-have at your dinner table
By Barbara Minton | Natural Society
Spring is here! And with it comes more affordable asparagus. This succulent vegetable has been prized since ancient times for its medicinal benefits as well as its terrific taste. It’s even been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. Why has it been so popular through the years? Have people used asparagus for cancer? Indeed, asparagus is a potent cancer fighter on a par with broccoli, and many people think it tastes a whole lot better.
Asparagus contains the compounds that have made broccoli and the other cruciferous vegetables cancer-fighting superstars. These are isothiocyanates, indoles, and sulforaphane. Each of these have anti-cancer properties and the ability to rejuvenate cells. But there’s more.
1. Master Antioxidant
Asparagus has one of the highest concentrations of glutathione, one of the master antioxidants made in the body. As we begin to age, our ability to make glutathione needs to be bolstered by dietary intake. Glutathione appears to have a broad range of functions that reduce cancer risk, including detoxifying foreign substances that are carcinogenic, protecting from free radical damage, and boosting immunity by increasing lymphocytes such as T and B cells, and natural killer cells.
2. Inflammation Inhibitor
Inflammation has long been associated with the development of all disease, including cancer.of cancer. It is central to the development of the changes in cells that lead to tumor promotion and progression. This means that reducing inflammation is pivotal in avoiding cancer. Asparagus is rich in saponins, compounds that have hardcore anti-inflammatory actions in the body.
3. Plant Power
Asparagus is also an excellent source of polysaccharides, specialized plant carbohydrates that have actions against various cancers. As an example, the polysaccharides in medicinal mushrooms are what have made them such notorious cancer fighters.
Further showcasing how to use asparagus for cancer, researchers from Shanghai Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine along with other affiliates have commented that the asparagus polysaccharides are some of the most active components of asparagus, displaying notable anti-tumor properties.
This group studied asparagus polysaccharides to determine their affect on liver cancer cells when used as an adjuvant to chemotherapy. They found improved inhibition of liver tumor growth and cell death, as well as inhibition of the ability of cells to set up a blood supply.
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