Although I’ve always wanted to grow asparagus, somehow I never got around to it. Unlike most garden vegetables, this plant does not give us instant gratification, as we must wait 2-3 years before its shoots are mature enough for harvesting.
However, wild asparagus (Asparagus racemosus) or better known as Shatavari in Ayurvedic medicine, grows prolifically in India as a medicinal vine, and is renown since ancient times for rejuvenating and healing women’s reproductive organs.
Today, Shatavari’s domesticated cousin, our common dinner table variety of asparagus, still retains medicinal value, and is an excellent source of potassium, folic acid, vitamins A, C, K, niacin, and phosphorus, while containing a balanced 2:1 ratio of calcium and magnesium. Its high alkalinity helps reduce blood acidity and serves as a powerful detoxifying agent. Although asparagus also has a large amount of antioxidant Glutathione, a substance effective in preventing tumor growth, it should not be eaten by people with kidney problems.
Other Virtues of Asparagus
- Nourishes/Increases Kidney Yin (Core energy reserves)
- Reduces menopause symptoms
- Benefits the Lungs by reducing phlegm and congestion
- Prevents Constipation
- Powerful anti-inflammatory
- Can help balance blood sugar levels
So when you are preparing to give yourself a Spring Cleanse, remember to include asparagus. You will see and feel quick results.