Asparagus and Cancer: – The Myth is Real

While there are many foods that assist the body in resisting diseases, it behooves anyone fighting cancer to investigate any and all claims of foods that are considered cures for cancer. The latest claim to hit the airwaves and rumor mills are that asparagus can cure cancer.  Asparagus does contain vitamins and minerals that are essential in the fight against cancer. However, there is not enough in one serving to do much good. Trying to eat asparagus to fight cancer would be like trying to hold back the ocean with a spoon.

Asparagus Cancer Fight

The Positives of 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.

Asparanin A discovered by researchers in China has shown promise as a compound that causes the death of many liver cancer cells. In addition, the antioxidant glutathione is another substance that staves off cancer. Asparagus is one of the best food options when it comes to providing this substance to the body. Glutathione also has antiviral properties.

Research has shown that these two work in concert to reduce stress. Stress, which is a lot more than the usual “stress” that people feel mentally, is not a healthy scenario for people developing cancer.

So even if asparagus is not the panacea of cancer, it only makes sense to include it as part of a healthy, diverse diet.

Another way that asparagus can add to the health of people is that contains certain substances that aid with menopause, infertility, and loss of libido.

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.

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.

Leukemia vs. Asparagus

Interestingly, there is an amino acid called asparagine.  Asparagine is one of the 20 essential amino acids that the body needs to assimilate to sustain its regular function.  Unfortunately, it is also essential for the growth of leukemia cells. Elgar, an anti-leukemia drug, is administered to destroy all of the asparagine in the system and thereby starve the cancer cells of an important fuel.

Asparagus happens to be a good source of this amino acid, therefore, it works in a way that is counter-productive to fighting this type of cancer.  All leukemia patients should thus abstain from asparagus and any other source rich in asparagine.

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In the End

When anyone recommends eating any one food as a magic bullet to curing anything especially cancer they do not understand what alternative health is all about. Asparagus is certainly not a miracle cure for cancer. Ingesting large quantities will not provide you with what you are hoping for. Balance is what alternative health is all about. The followers of this line of thinking understand that there is no one cure for anything.

There are many fruits and vegetables that are available to be a part of a healthy lifestyle. Eating any one of these will help protect you and your body against cancer. But do not stop there as eating a healthy diet also strengthens the body in its daily fight against many other disease-causing elements. You should never be afraid to keep your body as healthy as possible.

 

Sources:
Hope 4 Cancer
Natural Society

 

 

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