Don’t eat asparagus? We’ve got you covered.
Asparagus extract is sourced from the spear, root, and stem of organically grown asparagus, and it is Chi’s Enterprise most popular product. To give you an idea of how potent this product is, one 5 gram tea bag is equal to eating a half pound of asparagus. It’s like having an entire bundle of fresh asparagus in each serving! If you’re interested in asparagus extract capsules, two capsules provide 1 gram (1000 mg) of potent asparagus extract.
Nutrition in Asparagus Extract
Asparagus extract is an excellent source of natural folate, copper, selenium and vitamins K, C, E, B1 and B2. Besides onions, asparagus is the next best source of quercetin, an antioxidant from the flavonoid family.
Along with that, asparagus contains a unique array of nearly 100 phytonutrient compounds! Of special interest is a unique group of phytonutrients called steroidal saponins. Because these saponins contain a steroid (fat-soluble) component and a sugar (water-soluble) component, they can have unique impacts throughout the body, including in the function of cell membranes and numerous aspects of immune response.
Asparagus is also rich in preformed, available glutathione – one of the body’s premiere antioxidants. Glutathione is so important as an antioxidant, its depletion within our cells is sometimes used to measure overall oxidative stress. Glutathione also plays a critical role in phase 2 of our body’s detoxification processes.
Reasons to Use Asparagus Extract
Here's a look at four ways asparagus extract may benefit a healthy person.
1) Supports Healthy Blood Pressure
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) causes an undesired constriction of blood vessels that can raise blood pressure. One particular compound in asparagus extracts, 2’-dihydroxy nicotianamine, plays a major role in supporting healthy blood pressure by maintaining normal ACE activity.
2) Supports Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
In the area of blood sugar support, asparagus extract supports overall functioning of the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas – typically supporting the normal clearance of glucose.Try sipping some asparagus extract tea each day.
3) Supports Liver Function
A preliminary study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2009 tested the effects of asparagus extract on human liver cells. Their findings indicate asparagus extract may help support activity of the enzymes involved in breaking down alcohol.
4) Supports Urinary Tract Function
Since asparagus extract is said to promote the flow of urine, proponents claim it can support the urinary tract.
Using Asparagus Extract for Health
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.There’s some concern taking asparagus extract in combination with lithium may have harmful effects. If you're considering using it for any health purpose, make sure to consult your primary care provider first.
The safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established.
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Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy GoodsReferences:
1. Hafizur RM, Kabir N, Chishti S. Asparagus officinalis extract controls blood glucose by improving insulin secretion and β-cell function in streptozotocin-induced type 2 diabetic rats. Br J Nutr. 2012 Nov 14;108(9):1586-95.
2. BY Kim, ZG Cui et al. Effects of Asparagus officinalis Extracts on Liver Cell Toxicity and Ethanol Metabolism. Journal of Food Science, 2009; 74 (7): H204