1. It has antioxidant properties-
Antioxidants help prevent free-radical cell damage. They also battle oxidative stress, which causes disease. Asparagus racemosus
is high in saponins. Saponins are compounds with antioxidant abilities.
According to a 2004 study, a new antioxidant called racemofuran was identified within Asparagus racemosus
root. Two known antioxidants — asparagamine A and racemosol — were also found.
2. It has anti-inflammatory properties-
Racemofuran, which is found in Asparagus racemosus
, also has significant anti-inflammatory capabilities. According to the book Medicinal Cookery: How You Can Benefit from Nature’s Pharmacy, racemofuran acts similarly in the body as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs known as COX-2 inhibitors. These types of drugs are thought to reduce inflammation without serious digestive side effects.
3. It may help boost your immune system-
is used in ayurveda as an immunity booster. According to a 2004 study, animals treated with Asparagus racemosus
root extract had increased antibodies to a strain of whooping cough when compared to untreated animals. The treated animals recovered faster and had improved health overall. This suggested an improved immune response.
4. It may help relieve cough-
According to a 2000 study on mice, Asparagus racemosus
root juice is a natural cough remedy in West Bengal, India. Researchers evaluated its cough-relieving abilities in coughing mice. They found Asparagus racemosus
root extract stopped cough as well as the prescription cough medicine codeine phosphate. More studies are needed to determine how Asparagus racemosus
works to relive coughs.
5. It may help treat diarrhea-
is used as a folk remedy for diarrhea. Diarrhea may cause serious problems, such as dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
According to a 2005 study, Asparagus racemosus
helped stop castor oil–induced diarrhea in rats. More study is needed to see if Asparagus racemosus
has comparable results in humans.
6. It may act as a diuretic-
Diuretics help your body get rid of excess fluid. They’re often prescribed for people who have congestive heart failure to remove excess fluid from around the heart. Prescription diuretics may cause serious side effects.
According to a 2010 study on rats, Asparagus racemosus
is used as a diuretic in ayurveda. The study found that 3,200 milligrams of Asparagus racemosus
had diuretic activity without causing acute side effects. More study is needed on humans before Asparagus racemosus
can be safely recommended as a diuretic.
7. It may help treat ulcers-
Ulcers are sores in your stomach, small intestine, or esophagus. They may be very painful. They can cause serious complications, such as bleeding or perforation.
According to a 2005 study on rats, Asparagus racemosus
was as effective at treating medication-induced gastric ulcers as ranitidine (Zantac). Ranitidine is a drug commonly prescribed to treat ulcers. Asparagus racemosus
was less effective against stress-induced ulcers.
8. It may help treat kidney stones-
Kidney stones are hard deposits that form in your kidneys. As they pass through your urinary tract, they may cause excruciating pain.
Most kidney stones are made of oxalates. Oxalates are compounds found in some foods, such as spinach, beets, and french fries.
In a 2005 study, Asparagus racemosus
root extract helped prevent the formation of oxalate stones in rats. It also increased magnesium concentration in the urine. Proper levels of magnesium in the body are thought to help prevent the development of crystals in the urine that form kidney stones.
9. It may help maintain blood sugar-
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise, as is the need for safer, more effective treatments. According to a 2007 study, Asparagus racemosus
may help maintain blood sugar levels. It’s thought compounds within the herb stimulate insulin production, although it’s unclear exactly how.
More study is needed, but researchers suggest understanding how Asparagus racemosus
impacts blood sugar may hold the key to the development of new diabetes treatments.
10. It may be anti-aging-
may be one of nature’s best kept anti-aging secrets. According to a 2015 study, the saponins in Asparagus racemosus
root helped reduce the free-radical skin damage that leads to wrinkles. Asparagus racemosus
also helped prevent collagen breakdown. Collagen helps maintain your skin’s elasticity.
More study is needed before topical Asparagus racemosus
products hit the market. But some researchers believe they may be the future of safe, anti-aging skin care.
11. It may help treat depression-
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, major depressive disorder affects over 16.1 million American adults yearly. Yet many people can’t take prescription depression medications due to negative side effects.
is used in ayurveda to treat depression. A 2009 study on rodents found the antioxidants in Asparagus racemosus
have strong antidepressant abilities. They also impacted neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters communicate information throughout our brain. Some are associated with depression.
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