Thursday, 13 July 2017

Food Therapy: Asparagus, the Natural Whole Food for Reduced Risk and treatment of Ulcer

Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrients
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Whole food(herbal medicine) used as medical treatment,  linking health benefits in prevention, management and treatment of diseases has induced much interests in today renowned scientists.
But many researchers have raised question of herbal quality, because geographic differences, time of grown and harvest, etc. may effect their's potency. I do believe, these questions can only be answered by experience herbalists.

Intake Asparagus regularly may have a positive effect in reduced risk and treatment of ulcer.

Asparagus is a flowering plant belong to species the genus Asparagus, native to the western coasts of northern Spain, north to Ireland, Great Britain, and northwest Germany, northern Africa and western Asia. Asparagus has been used from early times as a vegetable and medicine, because of its delicate flavour and diuretic properties.

According to the University of Maiduguri, Methanolic extract of Asparagus pubescens root exerted protective against anti ulcer effects through regulating alpha(2)-adrenoceptor stimulation on vascular smooth muscle, in a dose-related manner.

In the study of Asparagus racemosus Willd. (methanolic extract) against indomethacin (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), induced gastric ulcers, oral administration of Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) crude extract significantly reduced ulcerindex when compared with control group in doses of 100 mg/kg/day.

Dr. Bhatnagar M, the lead author said, " Crude extract also significantly reduced volume of gastric secretion, free acidity and total acidity..........( probably due to sparagus racemosus exerted) an inhibitory effect on release of gastric hydrochloric acid and protects gastric mucosal damage".

In fact, asparagus anti gastric ulcer efficacy, can be observed  through the significant increase of the total carbohydrate and total carbohydrate/protein ratio as well as reduced the ulcer index, volume of gastric secretion, free acidity, and total acidity.

Some researchers suggested, the anti ulcer activity of asparagus may also be a result of increased antioxidant in ameliorated damage of stomach lining caused by domino's effect of free radical production.

(1) Antidiarrhoeal and antiulcerogenic effects of methanolic extract of Asparagus pubescens root in rats by Nwafor PA1, Okwuasaba FK, Binda LG.(PubMed)
(2) Antisecretory and antiulcer activity of Asparagus racemosus Willd. against indomethacin plus phyloric ligation-induced gastric ulcer in rats by Bhatnagar M1, Sisodia SS.(PubMed)

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