Ever notice the suggestive shape of a nice, fat, firm asparagus? It’s a bit phallic, if you haven’t noticed. Of course, we all know asparagus is a healthy delicious food, makes your pee smell funny, and tastes great grilled. But, did you know asparagus is one of the sexiest vegetables you can eat?
While this veggie’s shape may have something to do with its status as an aphrodisiac, it also contains some powerful nutrients that actually do offer a boost to your sex life. Wait! Asparagus is an aphrodisiac? Yes! As early as the 17th century, herbalist Nicolas Culpepper wrote that asparagus, “stirs up lust in man and woman.” In 19th century France, brides and bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners to stimulate—well, you know.
According to The Vegetarian Society, hand feeding asparagus to your lover triggers the mind to have a physiological response. Think about it for a minute…Oh and by the way, the French word for asparagus is “aspèrge”—and guess what– aspèrge is a slang word for penis.
Nutrition science shows us that many of the foods we eat, not only affect our body’s health, but they affect brain chemistry, energy, and hormones as well. Very true for asparagus.
Asparagus is rich in vitamin B6, as well as folate, both of which have properties that boost arousal in both men and women. There’s also vitamin E in asparagus that helps to stimulate men and women’s sex hormones as well.
This highly sophisticated veggie also helps to stimulate a natural body substance called histamine. Now, we may think of histamine as part of the immune system or something that is released as a result of an allergic reaction. While this is true, histamine plays a role in sex as well. Sexual performance and sexual response is compromised when histamine levels are too low. Optimal levels of histamine are also important for a healthy sex drive in both men and women. Histamine improves erectile function, as well as improving both men and women’s hormone levels. And, healthy histamine levels are related to easy sexual orgasm, both for men and women. And that, my friends, is a good thing!
Asparagus is not only great for the sex life, but in general, it is a super healthy food to include in your diet. Asparagus’ folic acid, potassium, fiber, A, B, and C vitamins fight free radicals and inflammation too. In fact, asparagus has been used medicinally for about 2000 years. The nutrients in asparagus protect your heart, your digestive system, your bones, and even your cells.
Asparagus’ green stems contain a lot of vitamin K, known as a natural blood clotting agent. Vitamin K is also important for bone health as well, helping to increase mineral density in people with osteoporosis, helping to reduce fractures. Vitamin K is also a heart protector as well. It helps to keep calcium out of the arteries, where it can cause blockages.
The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients help fight chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Asparagus also contains glutathione which is a monster antioxidant that fights aging and free radicals, protecting skin from skin cancer, pollution and actually protecting your cell DNA as well.
Not only does asparagus make your urine smell slightly funny, but it actually helps to promote the production of urine, making it an especially good diuretic, helping to rid the body of excess fluids. Because of this, asparagus is good for the kidneys, the urinary tract, and also helps to lower blood pressure as well.
As a veggie, asparagus contains a significant amount of valuable fiber, especially a type called inulin. Inulin does not break down in the digestive tract, but helps to feed healthy gut bacteria, lower risk of allergies, and fight colon cancer. The fiber in asparagus improves digestion and helps food better through the digestive tract. The dietary fiber from asparagus also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. The insoluble fiber in asparagus helps to softly ‘scrub’ the digestive tract, removing plaque, toxins and other partially digested material stuck to the intestinal walls.
Folate is a nutrient extremely important for those who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant. Folate is essential for healthy spinal cord and nerve development in fetuses. Folate also works alongside B12 and vitamin C to help the body assimilate and utilize new proteins. Folate helps to form healthy red blood cells and produce healthy DNA for cell reproduction.
One of the B vitamins abundant in asparagus, thiamin helps to play a vital role in how our bodies convert carbohydrates like sugar and starch into energy, making it an important nutrient in metabolism. The other important role that B vitamins play is helping to lower an inflammatory substance, homocysteine. Homocysteine is a substance that contributes to heart disease and is often measured as a risk factor. Lowering homocysteine lowers one’s chances of heart disease.
The glutathione in asparagus is a detoxifying substance that also helps to destroy and protect the body from cancerous substances. Researchers now believe that the glutathione in our bodies is extremely important as a measure of how well we age and how long we live. Glutathione also strengthens the immune system, which not only fights diseases and infections, but also helps to destroy cancerous and pre-cancerous cells in our bodies. This makes asparagus an excellent weapon for fighting cancers such as breast, bone, lung, and colon.
Glutathione plays a crucial role in immune function, so it helps fight infections as well as other serious diseases. This also means that asparagus protects against cancer. A recent study however, showed that the asparagine, a substance found in asparagus could possibly contribute to a spread of breast cancer. But—this is important to note—this study was conducted primarily on genetically modified mice and never tried on humans. It is also important to realize that increasing one’s intake of fresh vegetables, including asparagus, is far healthier overall in fighting any type of cancer. Asparagus also shows plenty of cancer-fighting ability, so your best bet is to not worry about it,but wait until further credible studies come out. Meanwhile, the best way to avoid cancer is to steer clear of sugars, starches, and processed foods and load up on fresh veggies
So, heat up the grill, and throw on some fresh asparagus drizzled in olive oil on it. Cook until slightly browned over high heat, about 5 minutes, making sure to not overcook. Remove from grill, and squeeze on fresh lemon juice, season with sea salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold, alongside some grilled wild caught salmon. Turn on some great music and invite over your favorite hot date and enjoy the rest of the evening!
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