What first put asparagus on the medicinal map was the amino acid asparagine, which is effective as a diuretic, and able to dissolve uric and oxalic acids.
Recent studies are unveiling some amazing properties inside the soft fibers of this favorite early summer vegetable. Because of the delicate nature of asparagus, the best way to hit your cells with their full antioxidant punch is raw and juiced.
In ancient Egypt, asparagus was cultivated for its flavor and prized for its medicinal benefits. Today, asparagus is commercially grown all over the world, especially in the United States and Mediterranean countries.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Asparagus Juice
Relieves Symptoms of Arthritis
Asparagus Juice Nutrition
Asparagus has a surprisingly high amount of protein with an added powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Just 53 calories (10 oz) contain 9g of protein, 119% of your daily need of vitamin C, 9% of iron and 47% of calcium. It is also very high in vitamins E and K, selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorus, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Asparagus is a good source of magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of fiber when eaten.
Asparagus Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Folate Acid
- Fibre (when eaten)
Asparagus Juice is a good source of:
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Asparagus Juice
Some interesting studies are coming out of Rutgers University in New Jersey, showing tumor-reducing properties in asparagus. In fact, this green shoot has an array of health-protecting antioxidants, including high levels of glutathione, which helps remove damaging free radicals, the flavonoid quercetin, a cancer-fighting anti-inflammatory, and rutin, a blood vessel protector. But what first put asparagus on the medicinal map was the amino acid asparagine, which is effective as a diuretic, and able to dissolve uric and oxalic acids. These two acids contribute to the painful symptoms that are associated with arthritis, making asparagus juice an effective treatment to help alleviate arthritic pain.
Preparing for Juicing
The long, thin stems, heavy with nutrient-rich fluid, is ready-made for the juicer. Unlike preparing asparagus to be cooked, there is no need to trim off the tough bottoms; just rinse off and juice by the handful.
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Asparagus Juice Tips
You may find that your urine is dark and possesses a strong odor; this is a harmless by-product of the amino acid asparagine.
Picking Perfect Produce
Available in early spring. The darker green, the better. Look for firm, tightly closed tips.
Storing Your Produce
Once picked, asparagus loses is nutrients and flavor quickly, so the fresher the better. Will keep only a couple of days in the refrigerator. If kept too long, the tips will go mushy; simply remove damaged tips, wash, and juice the rest.
Asparagus is a delicious addition to any veggie juice drink, including those with a carrot or apple base.