We know Shatavari as spring vegetable. Shatavari is also called as Asparagus Racemosus. It is part of family of onion, garlic and other onion like plants. In Greek, asparagus means “shoot”. Tender shoots of the plant are used as vegetable. Other parts with medicinal use are its roots and underground stems or rhizomes. This vegetable is widely cultivated in China, Europe and America.
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Sparrow-grass as it was known in medieval period, Shatavari has history of over 5000 years. It is referred as medicinal herb in many Greek and Roman literature.
Around 300 species of Shatavari flourish globally, out of which only 20 or more are edible. This vegetable is generally grilled, steamed or fried to eat as snack or part of salad. It is cooked as part of soups and stews. It can be marinated or pickled to store it longer.
Nutritional Value of Shatavari
Most of the fresh Shatavari shoots contains water (over 90%). Carbohydrates and protein offers it very low calorie food – around 0.25 calories per gram of Shatavari. Shatavari offers good amount of dietary fibers – Inulin which offers Shatavari prebiotic properties. Shatavari is excellent source of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. A cup of cooked Shatavari is enough to meet daily dietary requirement of Vitamin K. It also contains good source of vitamins including Selenium, Manganese and Potassium.
Many of the medicinal properties of Shatavari including wild Shatavari can be attributed to phytochemicals present in roots and stem. These include mainly saponins like Shatavari A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin and diosgenin. It contains certain compounds which are metabolized to yield ammonia and sulfur containing produces which give characteristic smell in urine.
Health Benefits of INLIFE Shatavari Extract Capsules
Roots and stem of Shatavari have been used for various medicinal purposes since long time. Shatavari works as anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-tumor and anti-diabetic. It offers body with various nutrients vital for healthy living. Some of the benefits of Shatavari are listed below:
Shatavari is Diuretic
Shatavari is diuretic in nature. Consumption of Shatavari increase urge for urination and urine output. This property helps in flushing toxins out of the body. It helps in relieving urinary tract pain and swelling. Extract of Shatavari roots offer this benefit.
Treating Hangovers with Shatavari
Shatavari with it diuretic properties help in removing toxic substance from body and thus helpful in treating hangover. Further extract of Shatavari contains essential amino acids which help relieve hangover symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, stomach disorders and dehydrations.
Anti-inflammatory Properties of Shatavari
Shatavari is good anti-inflammatory agent. This can be attributed to various phytochemicals including saponins like sarsasapogenin present in Shatavari. It is thus helpful in relieving inflammation in body tissues. It is useful in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. Ancient medicine practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese herbal medicines have used this property of Shatavari in treating arthritis, asthma, tuberculosis, cough, bronchitis, skin diseases, jaundice, kidney disorders and urinary tract inflammation.
Shatavari as Prebiotic Food
Shatavari offers body with supply of prebiotic carbohydrate inulin. Inulin remains undigested in digestive tract and helps in development of gut flora. Inulin also helps in better nutrient absorption, lowering risk of allergy and colon cancer. It reduces absorption of cholesterol in intestine and helps in excretion of toxic substances. This fiber rich food since from years has been traditionally used for treating digestive tract disorders.
Shatavari and Treatment of Cancer
Shatavari is natural source of various antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Zinc, selenium and folate. Various phytonutrients in Shatavari also offers antioxidant and anticancer properties. These nutrients are responsible for protection of body cells from oxidative stress of free radicals and prevent cancers.
Shatavari and Blood Clots
Shatavari supplies body with ample quantities of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays vital role in clotting of blood. It is essential in preventing blood clots in arteries. It helps reduce risk of coronary artery disorder.
Shatavari for Healthy Heart
Shatavari provides body with vital vitamins including Vitamin B1, folic acid and Vitamin b6 which are essential for proper functioning of cardiovascular system. It reduces risks of heart diseases and ensures health of your heart. As you know that Shatavari extract reduces high blood pressure.
Shatavari and Diabetes
The Shatavari root extract in drug induced diabetic rats. Shatavari was found to reduce blood glucose, creatinine, urea nitrogen and total cholesterol. The result suggested benefits of Shatavari extract in treatment of diabetes. Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Shatavari are beneficial in preventing type II diabetes. As you know that Shatavari exerts antidiabetic effects by improving insulin secretion and β-cell function.
Shatavari Increases Breast Milk
Root extract of Shatavari are prescribed in Ayurveda to increase milk secretion during lactation. The Shatavari roots contains phytoestrogens which stimulates secretion of milk from mammary glands. Presence of saponins in Shatavari is suggested to be responsible for this hormone like effect. This galactagogue activity was evaluated experimentally on rats, cows, buffaloes and goats.
Shatavari and Weight loss
Diuretic effect of Shatavari may reduce bloating of body. Shatavari is often considered part of weight loss diet. Apart from the above there is not much evidence about Shatavari reducing weight. However, as a diet it offers various nutrients and very less calories along with enough dietary fibers, which makes it good food for weight loss diet.
Shatavari Benefits during Pregnancy
Shatavari offers excellent amount of folic acid. Folates are essential for DNA synthesis and essential during preconception period and pregnancy. Adequate supply of folic acid and iron is essential for growth of fetus, Shatavari supplies both nutrients.
Other Uses of Shatavari
Shatavari is used as home remedy for insect bite or bee sting. It reduces inflammation and pain around the sting. Shatavari is also used as remedy for toothache and improving eyesight.
INLIFE Shatavari extract capsules are 100% vegetarian capsules, it contains 60 capsules per bottle.