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Asparagus root is an onion like plant native to the major parts of Europe, Western Asia and Northern Africa. This is a vegetable that has been cultivated by humans for a very long time. Mention about Asparagus root is found as far back as 3,000 years ago by Egyptians, Syrians, Greeks and Romans.
The amino acid “asparagine” owes its name to the Asparagus because it forms a major part of its composition. The vegetable contains as much as 93% water and is extremely low in sodium and calories, which makes it a very popular vegetable for many.
The Asparagus root is a rich source of dietary fibre, vitamins (B6, C, E, K, thiamine, folic acid riboflavin, rutin and niacin), minerals (zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, potassium, manganese, and copper) and the trace mineral chromium, which is especially beneficial in increasing the ability of insulin to transfer sugar from blood to the cells.
The herb has been used for medicinal purposes for treating symptoms of gravel, fatigue and in some cases of dropsy. It is well known for its laxative and diuretic properties, but has also been used as an aphrodisiac owing perhaps to its high phosphorous content.
Asparagus root when taken boiled in win has the ability to help sciatica, sooth toothache, clear eyesight, and help ease away cramps.