Well… some scientists say that Asparagus does lower blood pressure. Research shows that green asparagus acts as an ACE-inhibitor and can lower blood pressure.
Asparagus has the following benefits:
Lowers systolic blood pressure
Contains Vitamins, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6
Contains Phosphorus which improves Energy
Diuretic, so it’s a great Kidney detoxifier
Protects against Kidney Stones
Great for Diabetes
Does Asparagus lower blood pressure?
Green asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is known to be rich in functional components. In a study published in the US Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, naturally hypertensive rats were checked to see if green asparagus prevents hypertension by inhibition of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) activity.
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Six-week-old males were fed a diet with 5 percent of asparagus for 10 weeks had significantly lower systolic blood pressure, urinary protein excretion/creatinine excretion, and ACE (Angiotensin-converting enzyme) activity in the kidneys compared with the group who did not receive the vegetable.
The test group also had significantly higher creatinine clearance — the rate at which blood plasma is cleared of creatinine and is an indicator of overall kidney health. The researchers say that their findings suggest “that asparagus has an overall effect of benefitting the kidneys and lowering blood pressure for cases of hypertension.”
In addition, by boiling water extract of asparagus, they found ACE inhibitory activity. After purifying and isolating the inhibitor, it was identified as 2-hydroxynicotianamine. ACE increases blood pressure by causing blood vessels to constrict. For this reason, drugs known as ACE-inhibitors are used in medications to dilate blood vessels and thus lower blood pressure.
The researchers concluded that the 2-hydroxynicotianamine in asparagus “may be one of the factors inhibiting ACE activity in the kidney, thus preventing hypertension and preserving renal function.”
Healthy Asparagus Recipe:
Here’s an easy recipe from TarlaDalal.com for healthy asparagus soup that takes 10 minutes to prepare:
2 1/2 cups chopped asparagus
2 tsp. low fat butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup peeled and chopped potatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper powder to taste
1 cup low fat milk (99.7% fat-free)
Sauté the asparagus spears in 1 tsp. butter for 30 seconds and keep aside for garnish.
Heat the remaining butter in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and potatoes and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
Add 2 cups of water, mix well and simmer till the potatoes are nearly cooked.
Add the asparagus, mix well and cook for a few more minutes. Cool completely.
Blend the mixture in a mixer to a smooth puree and strain it using a sieve.
Transfer the puree back to the pan, add the salt, pepper and milk and bring to boil.
Serve hot garnished with the sautéed asparagus spears.
Written by Eli Ben-Yehuda Eli is a licensed Registered Nurse with 17 years experience. Eli graduated with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. His postgraduate training was in trauma, oncology, and cardiology.
With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes educating people is the best way to improve their overall health.
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