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Benefits of Asparagus And Its Side Effects

From providing relief from pre-menstrual syndrome to preventing cancer and diabetes, asparagus has a host of different health benefits. It also provides relief from hangovers, cataracts, rheumatism, tubercolosis, depression, neurogenerative diseases and convulsions. It also is beneficial during pregnancy and helps in lowering levels of homocysteine in the body.

Benefits of Asparagus And Its Side Effects

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Asparagus
Nutritional Value of Asparagus
Health Benefits of Asparagus
Helps fetal development
Reduces risk of depression
Helps to fight PMS
Care for your heart
Helps improve fertility
Helps in digestion
Helps to fight tumor
Helps in preventing osteoporosis
Prevents cancer
Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels
Useful in treating rheumatism
Uses of Asparagus
Side-Effects & Allergies of Asparagus
Cultivation of Asparagus

Asparagus

Belonging to the family of lilies, asparagus is valued all over the world for its therapeutic properties. The name is derived from a Greek word meaning ‘sprout’. All parts of the asparagus plant from the roots to the shoots have medicinal effects. It has been widely used for a long time and its usage and benefits have been tested and proven in scientific as well as other indigenous forms of medicine. There are more than 300 different varieties of this plant available around the world. It generally comes in 3 shades - green, white or purple. The white variety grows away from the sunlight and so is devoid of chlorophyll. Purple asparagus derives its colour due to the presence of phytochemicals and anthocyanins.

Nutritional Value of Asparagus

Listed as one of the top 20 foods on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), asparagus has plenty of nutritional benefits. Asparagus is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and proteins. The different vitamins which asparagus contains are Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.

Again, asparagus contains a whole range of essential minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and potassium. In addition to all the vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our health, asparagus also has dietary fibers. It also has very less calories and cholesterol and, hence, will not adversely affect your health in any way. Including asparagus in your diet can help reduce the chances of type-2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and even some types of cancers.

Health Benefits of Asparagus

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Asparagus
Health Benefits of Asparagus

Helps fetal development

Periods of rapid growth like in times of pregnancy, infancy and adolescence requires adequate intake of folate. It can be beneficial to have asparagus during these periods as it is one of the best natural sources of folate. Intake of folic acid supplements during pregnancy helps to prevent pregnancy loss (miscarriage) and protects the fetus from neural tube defects (birth defects of the brain, spinal cord or spine.

Reduces risk of depression

In today’s world, more and more people are falling prey to mental illnesses and are suffering from depression. Folate, which is present in asparagus in generous quantities, helps prevent the onset of depression by not allowing excess of homocysteine to form in the brain. Homocysteine prevents blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain and thus aggravates depression. Production of feel good hormones like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which regulate mood, sleep and appetite is hampered if excess homocysteine forms in the brain. Asparagus prevents this situation and makes sure that you do not fall prey to acute depression.

Helps to fight PMS

Pre-menstrual bloating can be eased with a generous quantity of asparagus extract. The essential nutrients present in asparagus help prevent depression and fatigue and also help women deal with menstrual cramps. During menstruation, asparagus helps to control blood loss and maintain hormonal balance.

Care for your heart

Homocysteine is produced in blood when amino acids are broken down in the body. Asparagus contains Vitamin B in abundance which helps to maintain an optimum level of homocysteine in your body. Serious problems like damage of blood vessels, venous thrombosis which is clotting of blood in your veins and atherosclerosis which can lead to cardiac disorders are caused if homocysteine levels go beyond the permissible limit. Higher level of homocysteine can lead to coronary artery disease. So asparagus helps to maintain the homocysteine levelin your blood and ensures that your heart remains in a healthy condition.

Helps improve fertility

Shatavari is the root of the asparagus plant which has aphrodisiac properties and is used to treat sexual problems of both men and women. It is also used to treat hormonal imbalance. It helps to enhance libidity and increases sperm count and mobility. It is effective in treating menopausal syndrome and anemia in women. It is also instrumental in improving the quality and quantity of breast milk and also helps to boost the appetite of nursing women.

Helps in digestion

Asparagus helps in the effective absorption of minerals and also reduces the risk of stomach cancer and allergies. This is because asparagus contains inulin which is a complex carbohydrate and which does not get digested until it reaches the large intestine. There it is fed upon by a kind of good bacteria known as Lactobacilli. Asparagus also helps in the smooth functioning of bowel and keeps bloating and constipation at bay as it contains dietary fibre and has laxative properties.

Helps to fight tumor

One variety of asparagus, asparagus racemosus or wild asparagus contains phytonutrients called saponin which possess anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Asparagus also helps in increasing the levels of glutathione which is an antioxidant and a detoxifying agent. This helps in the prevention of many diseases like HIV, AIDS, cystic fibrosis, anemia and others.

Helps in preventing osteoporosis

Asparagus contains good quantities of Vitamin K which is essential to keep your bones healthy and strong. A good intake of Vitamin K improves absorption of calcium by your body and also reduces the amount of calcium excreted in urine. This invariably results in stronger and healthier bones. Asparagus contains iron which also helps your bones to stay strong and elastic.

Prevents cancer

It has been scientifically proved that an adequate intake of dietary folate or folate from other food sources contribute a lot in the prevention of colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers. Women who do not intake adequate quantities of folate are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. Asparagus contains folate and inclusion of asparagus in your diet can go a long way in preventing various forms of cancer.

Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels

Asparagus helps in preventing chronic ailments including Type-2 diabetes as it contains anti-inflammatory nutrients. The mineral chromium present in asparagus also plays a vital role in regulating your blood sugar levels. It also has an anti-diabetic effect and improves insulin secretion.

Useful in treating rheumatism

Asparagus helps in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Asparagus is rich in folates and thus possess anti-inflammatory properties and can thus help to relieve the pain and can also ensure better functioning of an arthritis afficted human body.

Uses of Asparagus

Asparagus is widely used all over the world as it has a wide variety of medicinal purposes. It is effective in treating Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases. It helps to prevent reduction in birth weight of babies and also prevents birth defects during pregnancy. Even complex diseases such as epilepsy and urinary tract infections can be cured by including asparagus in your daily diet. Say goodbye to pre-menstrual bloating by opting for asparagus. It also provides a good remedy for curing hangovers, anxiety and stress. Furthermore, it also helps to maintain healthy levels of homocysteine and blood sugar. Lastly, it is also instrumental in preventing rheumatoid arthritis, cataracts and blood clotting.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Asparagus

Human bodies need to ferment a carbohydrate called raffinose when they consume asparagus. However, gas is produced in the human body during the process of breaking down of the carbohydrate and subsequently released. Asparagus is traditionally used for birth control but it also alters the hormonal balance. So it is advisable not to opt for medicinal doses of the same during pregnancy or lactation without consulting doctor. Asparagus can cause allergies to people who are allergic to onions, leeks and other members of the lily family.

Cultivation of Asparagus

The asparagus, a member of the lilaceae family is a distant cousin of onion and has been consumed for almost 2000 years. The garden plant originated in the eastern Mediterranean countries while the wild varieties were found in Africa. The Greek were also interested in its biological and pharmaceutical qualities. The ancient Greek doctor, Hippocrates, used asparagus to treat diarrhea and pain in the urethra. The Romans, on the other hand, were interested in the gastronomic qualities of asparagus.

Asparagus can be cultivated in sub-tropical and sub-temperate agro-climatic regions up to an altitude of 1300 meters. Although asparagus can be cultivated in a wide variety of soils, it grows best in well-drained soils which are rich in organic matter and having a pH range of 6.5 – 7.5.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am having a very poor sperm count some times no sperm come when I masturbate what should I do help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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Please tell me something to boost my sperm production, so that I could ejaculate twice or thrice a day.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Keep realistic expectation regarding ejaculation. No available sex booster or drug can provide you stamina and libido to ejaculate thrice a day. Reproductive system has its own potential, you can not make it over active beyond its normal limit to work in excess. Moreover quantity of ejaculation always reduces the quality/pleasure. Its better to reduce your masturbation frequency, consume good aphrodisiac like Narsingha rasayana, workout daily and improve your dietary habit.

Sir, my sex timing is very less .as a insert inside within 10-30 second I fall. Down .and it takes very long time to become hard for second. Time.Sometimes it doesn't hard for 1 Hr. Please suggest me, what should I do to improve my sex time and my sex life.

MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Please Reduce frequency of sex for few days Stop masturbation totally Wake up early go for morning walk in greenery daily with relaxed mind Do pranayam and yoga daily Take salads and fruits more Take milk and dry fruits regularly Take Tab confido by Himalaya 22 for 6 mths Lohasav 10 ml Twice a day for 6 mths Ashwagandharistha 20 ml Twice a day for 6 mths Apply Himcolin gel before intercourse Reconsult after 45 days.
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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Treating Erectile Dysfunction With Ayurveda!

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Ayurveda, Lucknow
Treating Erectile Dysfunction With Ayurveda!

Erectile dysfunction is when a man fails to develop or maintain an erection. The situation if not cured can spoil a relationship as a healthy sexual life is important for healthy partnership between couples.
Intake of certain drugs, neurogenic disorders, aging, surgery, smoking, obesity, diseases like diabetes and kidney failure are among the primary causes of this condition.

Erectile dysfunction is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, timely medication can greatly improve the condition. For proper awareness, it is necessary to get the facts right. Most men, at some point of time, experience erectile dysfunction. It often goes untreated because most men find the condition embarrassing enough to be discussed. This lack of awareness has given rise to many unreasonable and illogical myths and misconceptions.

Treatment methods used for erectile dysfunction depend on the specific cause and nature of the condition. Ayurveda provides an effective remedy to the problem of impotence through long-established healing methods. Ayurvedic treatment makes use of traditional herbal medicine that cures the condition and prevents it from reoccurring. In Ashtanga Ayurveda, sexual dysfunction is treated through medication composed of vajikarana herbs. 'Vaji' is the Sanskrit word for a horse, which is an age-old symbol of virility and sexual potency.

These herbs have been conventionally used to cure conditions related to erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, lack of libido and male infertility. A few herbs used in vajikarana therapy for treating erectile dysfunction are:

  • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
  • The 'panchaule' orchid (Dactylorhiza hatagirea)
  • Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum)
  • Kali Musli (Curculigo orchioides Gaertn)

Scientific tests and studies have shown that these ayurvedic herbs are effective in providing a remedy for the problem of impotence in men. This form of therapy takes a holistic approach treating and curing the symptoms of erectile dysfunction by eliminating the root cause of the problem. The greatest advantage of this treatment method is that there are no side effects. Relapses of the condition also do not occur.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Boost Your Sex with Asparagus

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Boost Your Sex with Asparagus

In today’s hyper-connected, globalized world, where images and fashions are translated across continents in the blink of an eye, man’s personal life, including sex, is facing a lot of problems. Products for boosting sex drive that are flooded in the markets portray the loss of normal sex life in the computer era.

A well-balanced diet with asparagus

Some of these natural foods increase male and female sex hormones, while others elevate mood or boost sperm production. The most important foods, such as asparagus, drumstick, etc., play a critical role in increasing blood flow. They stimulate your nervous and circulatory systems and send more blood flowing to your sex organs, resulting in enhanced sexual arousal and performance.

An ancient aphrodisiac asparagus

Asparagus has been a successful aphrodisiac from ancient days. It is rich in folate, a B vitamin that helps increase your production of histamine, a promoter of sex life. Proper levels of histamine play an essential role in sex drive for both men and women.

An aphrodisiac that triggers both mind and body

The   very name of asparagus suggests it is an aphrodisiac. The French word for asparagus is ‘asperse’ which is a slang word for the male sex organ. As an aphrodisiac, asparagus is considered as a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac because of its shape. It is said to trigger the mind to have a physiological response to enhance sex.

 

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5 Ayurvedic Remedies For Infertility!

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5 Ayurvedic Remedies For Infertility!

Not everyone can conceive a baby easily. The inability to conceive a baby despite having intercourse during the fertile window in a woman’s menstrual cycle for over a year is termed as infertility. Infertility does not affect only the physical health of a woman, but also her mental and emotional well-being as well as the couple’s social health.

In some cases, infertility can be treated with Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda, a couple needs to be both physically and mentally strong and healthy. Ayurveda believes that a lack of nutrition in the shukra dhatu or the person’s reproductive tissue is the cause of infertility. This can be triggered by indigestion, anxiety, depression, insomnia and the presence of toxins in the body. Some of the ways Ayurveda can be used to treat infertility are as follows:

  1. Eat cool foods: Spicy food can affect the quality of shukra dhatu and lower the quality and quantity of both sperm and ovum. This is because shukra dhatu requires a cool environment to promote fertility. Hence, eat food that is easy to digest and which has a cooling effect on the body. Men can benefit from foods like asparagus, dates and almonds, while foods like quinoa and pineapples can help a woman conceive easily.
  2. Shirodhara therapy: Shirodhara involves the movement of liquid over the forehead in a rhythmic manner at specific points. This stimulates the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands and aids in the secretion of hormones including follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). When it comes to women, FSH stimulates the ovarian follicles into releasing an egg without which it would be impossible to conceive a child.
  3. Fight stress: One of the effects of stress is reduced libido. Prolonged exposure to stress is often a major factor that contributes to infertility. When it comes to women, stress makes a woman ovulate less regularly. In men, stress can affect the sperm production and affect testosterone levels. To fight stress, try deep breathing exercises like alom vilom or keep a little time aside each morning for a walk or light exercise.
  4. Lodhra: This herb is very beneficial in treating women with infertility. It stimulates FSH and luteinising hormones (LH) and lowers the risk of a miscarriage. It also increases chances of conception. Lodhra should be taken twice a day along with honey and milk.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Ayurveda is not only about herbal medicines but also following the right lifestyle. Bad habits like smoking, drug usage and alcohol not only affect a person’s overall health but also interfere with fertility. Hence, when trying to conceive a child, quit these bad habits and try following a healthier lifestyle that involves following a routine, eating right and exercising regularly. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Hair Loss!

All Ayurvedic treatments have their roots in hundreds of years of research and thus are extensive. The philosophy followed by these treatments is that every human being in governed by three doshas of forces - vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Depending on the force that is in highest proportion in an individual, all his psychological and physical attributes are determined. Hair loss is attributed to the pitta dosha which is concentrates on metabolism and digestion. The various methods to treat premature loss of hair, according to Ayurvedic principles are:

  1. Balancing the pitta dosha: Pitta dosha can be managed by eating less salty, fried and spicy food, consuming limited amount of alcohol, coffee and meat and reducing smoking habits. Certain herbs can curb excess pitta like shatavari or asparagus and bitter vegetables.
  2. Ayurvedic oil and shampoo: An effective remedy is oil made by boiling a cup of neem (margosa) leaves in 4 cups of water. The mixture is then strained and stored. If applied at night and rinsed off in the morning, hair loss can be prevented and your hair gets healthier. An Ayurvedic shampoo can be made at home by preparing a mixture of methi (fenugreek), green bean (mung dal), soapberries, lemon juice and curry leaves which need to grinded well together before applying on the scalp.
  3. Ayurvedic diet plan: Ayurveda believes that a well-balanced diet is the preventive measure to most ailments, including hair loss. Consuming vegetables with high protein and iron content like cauliflower, kale, pumpkin leaves, spinach, salsify, lentils, beet greens, string beans, dandelion greens, raisins, soybeans etc. proves to be helpful in this regard. This diet can also help to combat systemic diseases like alopecia which may causes loss of hair and sizeable bald spots.
  4. Ayurvedic medicines: Four ayurvedic medicines are used extensively for the purpose of combatting hair loss. These are Thikthakam Kashayam, Thikthakam Grisham (regulates metabolism), Chyavana Prasam and Narasimha Rasayanam, which improves the strength and quality of hair).
  5. Combating other problems that cause hair loss: Using herbs like Brahmi (to manage stress), Shilajita and Jatamansi (for thyroid imbalance), cardamom (for chronic problems) and ashwagandha (for immune system disorders) can indirectly help when hair loss is a symptom or side effect of another disease. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Table of Content

Asparagus
Nutritional Value of Asparagus
Health Benefits of Asparagus
Helps fetal development
Reduces risk of depression
Helps to fight PMS
Care for your heart
Helps improve fertility
Helps in digestion
Helps to fight tumor
Helps in preventing osteoporosis
Prevents cancer
Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels
Useful in treating rheumatism
Uses of Asparagus
Side-Effects & Allergies of Asparagus
Cultivation of Asparagus