The Stinky Anti-Aging Effects of Asparagus
Stinky Asparagus Pee (ooh yuck)
What causes this bizarre odor?
If you’ve kept your concern about curious-smelling urine after eating asparagus a secret all this time, do not be alarmed — you are not alone. A funky odor in your pee is a natural biological phenomenon, and although it may not be the most savory topic, stinky asparagus urine is certainly something many of us have dealt with.
Asparagus contains a high concentration of a sulfur-containing compound called asparagusic acid, named for the vegetable, of course, which can also be found in other pungent-smelling foods such as rotten eggs, onions and garlic. When your digestive system breaks down asparagusic acid, it releases volatile odoriferous components that are the culprits of the stinky rotten smell associated with asparagus urine. This process is so quick that the distinctive smell can develop within 15 to 30 minutes of eating asparagus, which can lead to unfortunate social circumstances such as awkward dinner-party bathroom breaks and avoidance of all beverages when asparagus is on the menu.
However, the asparagus pee phenomenon does not affect all asparagus-eaters equally. As asparagus pee is such a hot topic in the both the scientific and culinary world, there have been various studies regarding it, and apparently only 22% to 50% percent of the population report having pungent urine after eating the vegetable in question.
So why is only about half the population familiar with the horrible stench of asparagus pee?
Scientist think that only certain people’s digestive systems work in such a way that breaks down the asparagusic acid to release the sulfurous compounds. Therefore, certain people simply do not have the metabolic ability to create asparagus urine.
Anti aging affects of Asparagus.
One of the major health concerns nowadays, especially among women, is how to slow down the body aging process and look younger. Asparagus is one the best antioxidants because it has significant glutathione content which is a very popular anti-aging agent.
Today, nutritional researches have confirmed and authenticated all the early medical benefits that asparagus holds. Studies have shown that this versatile vegetable is an excellent source of folate. Folate is essential in the production and repair of DNA tissues, in maintaining healthy red blood cells and in the prevention of anemia. Just as a spear is used as a weapon, asparagus’s javelin-shaped form could be viewed as symbolic for its age reversing and disease-fighting abilities. Asparagus is just packed with health benefits:
Benefits of Asparagus:
1 – can detoxify our system
2 – has anti-aging functions
3 – is considered an aphrodisiac
4 – can protect against cancer
5 – reduces pain and inflammation
6 – can prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
7 – reduces the risk of heart disease
8 – can help prevent birth defects
To sum it all up…eat the Asparagus anyway! It is said that the heat of the sulfurous compounds fumes evaporate upward to the ceiling in about 20 seconds. And unless you are shearing a bathroom stale, you are probably the only one who smells it anyway.