Medicinal Properties
Medicinal Properties

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Green asparagus is neither better nor worse than white. The two varieties simply present different organoleptic and culinary characteristics. However, green asparagus does possess the advantage on the nutritional level. White asparagus surpasses green only in its sugar content, so that the latter offers fewer calories. However, green asparagus is distinguished by its high levels of the antioxidant vitamins A and C, as well as by its vitamin B and folic acid content. Anthocyanins, which give this variety its purplish colour, offer protective properties for the cardiovascular system. Their levels increase as the colour deepens, as does the amount of rutin, a substance with proven protective properties against radiation as well as anti-hemorrhagic effects. It also acts as a precursor of B-group vitamins. Furthermore, the saponins contained in green asparagus give it its diuretic effect and its high fibre content.

  • Depurative
  • Diuretic
    because of an acidic substance called asparagine. It also produces an acetone smell in the urine.
  • Laxative
  • Tonic


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