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(More new research) - Asparagus Has Potential to Benefit Hepatitis C

http://www.hepatitis-central.com/mt/archives/2009/09/asparagus_has_p.html (full article at link)

Asparagus Has Potential to Benefit Hepatitis C
September 21, 2009

Research out of Korea suggests that asparagus is a liver protector, a notion that could benefit Hepatitis C sufferers.

by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.

Everyday choices such as what to eat for dinner can have an impact on someone with Hepatitis C. Because certain foods can help liver function while others may hinder it, nutritional awareness is a key component of any Hepatitis C health regimen. More specifically, eating asparagus has demonstrated the capability to protect the liver from toxicity.

From a basic dietary perspective, increasing the proportion of fruit and vegetables per meal is guaranteed to support your liver's health. Produce contains fiber and is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that optimize cellular function. For someone with Hepatitis C, this translates to helping fortify and protect liver cells from the inflammation and cellular damage of a chronic liver virus. However, choosing asparagus as your veggie might offer someone with Hepatitis C more help than previously thought.

According to an article published in the Journal of Food Science, "an extract from asparagus may increase the function of enzymes in the liver and boost the metabolism of alcohol." Researchers from Korea concluded that, "the leaves of A. officinalis, which are normally discarded, have the potential for use in therapy designed to protect the liver from various harmful insults."

Although the information given by investigators is insufficient to launch an asparagus eating campaign, the news comes as no surprise to many alternative healthcare providers. Due to its anticancer effects, asparagus has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine in Asia. In addition, asparagus is purported to have the following properties:

· Anti-fungal
· Anti-inflammatory
· Diuretic

Packed with high levels of folate, amino acids, potassium and Vitamins B and C, asparagus officinalis is a common vegetable that is widely consumed worldwide. According to researchers at the Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in Korea, asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins.

Researchers analyzed the components of young asparagus shoots and leaves to compare their biochemical effects on human and rat liver cells. They found that the cellular toxicities of chronic alcohol use were significantly alleviated in response to treatment with asparagus leaf and shoot extract.

However, these findings do not provide a solution for someone with Hepatitis C who wants to drink alcohol. This is because there is no amount of alcohol that is safe for someone with Hepatitis C. However, these results can be extrapolated and applied to Hepatitis C in a different way:

· Alcohol use causes oxidative stress on the liver just like Hepatitis C causes oxidative stress on the liver.
· Because asparagus extract protects liver cells from oxidation (and subsequent damage) from alcohol, it will also likely protect liver cells from oxidation (and subsequent damage) from a hepatitis virus.

When Not to Eat Asparagus
Asparagus contains naturally-occurring substances called purines. Certain individuals who are susceptible to purine-related problems should not eat a lot of asparagus. Since purines can be broken down to form uric acid, excess accumulation of purines in the body can lead to excess accumulation of uric acid. Thus, those with ailments due to uric acid buildup should be advised to limit or avoid purine-containing foods - like asparagus. Examples of such ailments include gout and kidney stones.

Even though the Korean research focused on how asparagus could protect the liver from the effects of alcohol, the biological mechanism of aiding liver function applies to all potential liver toxins - including Hepatitis C. Exempting people with purine-related health concerns, those managing chronic Hepatitis C will do themselves a favor when considering asparagus to star in their meals.
12 Responses
238010 tn?1420406272
"I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!"

-Gary Larson
238010 tn?1420406272
Since learning that I had hep C, I've become a bit of a health nut (20 years ago I made fun of health nuts), so a lot more fruits and vegetables now.  

But I've also recently become addicted to organic ice cream sandwiches.  I'm also partial to fudgesicles :-)
92903 tn?1309904711
Why does in make your pee stink? That's the burning question....
Avatar universal
Are you for real?  Do you honestly think that with all of the scientists researching this disease, trying to put their heads together to try and get a cure for somebody like me, that all I need to do is go out and eat a bunch of asparagus and blueberry leaves and problem solved?  You really make me laugh.  Sorry!  I eat blueberries like every day and eat asparagus from time to time and I can tell that it will not cure Hepatitis C.  That's it in a nutshell.  Nor will milk thistle cure you.  I know that I will probably get bumped for telling you the truth, but that is it.  Susan400
475300 tn?1312423126
Goofy  I don't know why asparagus makes your pee stink but I can tell you that beets make your poop purple.  Just about gave me a heart attack the first time I ate a bunch.
92903 tn?1309904711
I ate about 3 lbs of beets in Glscow - then flew with the youngun to Paris. For two days I thought I was bleeding inside or something - I had pink pee and purple poo. I very nearly called the US at 1:00 AM Paris time to ask if my liver had sprung a leak. It was gone by the time I remembered all them beets.  Too funng!
412873 tn?1329174455
I'm with you Susan....food is not going to cure hcv.  Neither will juice.

But I have read some of Matt's prior posts and do think that eating good healthy foods is the way to go.  Even tho it won't cure us.

I'll prob get bumped for this too....but Matt, how are your parents doing?
213141 tn?1270662112
Hi Isobella, my Mother and Father couldn't be doing any better, thanks. Went fishing earlier today with my Mom, caught 10 trout. :)
Avatar universal
Im thinking maybe dress up for halloween as the creature from the black lagoon,only ill wear geen slime looking costume after i have my blue green algae and coryceps mushrooms and ginseng.
Avatar universal
Go for it!  Maybe you'll have some fun and get it out of your system!  Susan400
163305 tn?1333668571
I didn't read this as a cure but as another food which may protect the liver, like our beloved coffee.

Rock: You made me remember my son drawing a picture in elementary school, entitled,
'the creature from the black legume.'
Avatar universal
Ill be eating my superfoods until the day i drop.
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