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Asparagus – Chemical Breakdown

This is an email I received as a follow-up to the Got Asparagus  post.  It would appear to be an article (unknown source) giving a more in-depth explanation on the benefits of asparagus.  The email is shown just as I receive it – draw your own conclusions.

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Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium.

The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus, the asparagus plant being rich in this compound.

Here is the answer why it cures cancer:

In order to make an effective medication for the treatment of cancer, some fundamental difference between normal cells and cancer cells must be defined. The chemotherapy agent must exploit this cellular difference such that normal cells are spared and only cancer cells are injured. L-asparaginase works by exploiting the unusually high requirement tumor cells have for the amino acid “asparagine.”

Asparagine is an amino acid required by cells for the production of protein. Asparagine can either be produced within a cell through an enzyme called “asparagine synthetase” or it can absorbed into the cell from the outside (i. e., it is consumed in the patient’s diet, absorbed into the body and made available to the body’s cells). Tumor cells, more specifically lymphatic tumor cells, require huge amounts of asparagines to keep up with their rapid, malignant growth. This means they use both asparagine from the diet as well as what they can make themselves (which is limited) to satisfy their large asparagine demand. Normal cells do not require nearly as much asparagine to survive and are able to make all the aparagine they need internally. On the other hand, tumor cells become depleted rapidly and die if the dietary supply is cut off because they cannot manufacture enough internally to support their continuing growth. The enzyme L-Asparaginase destroys asparagine outside the cells forcing the cells to rely completely on what they can produce on their own.

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If this were true it would be wonderful – but,  I’ll say it again – I’m not recommending or endorsing any type of asparagus therapy  – just putting it out there for information so you can come to your own conclusions.