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Asparagus for skin! Detox, Anti-aging, and even facial treatments….Who knew!?

February 25, 2016

I know this all may sound a little odd to those of us who are used to getting all our facial products and treatments in a bottle (or at the spa!), but lately I’ve been fascinated with how many simple remedies often seem to be so effective, and right under our noses!

Asparagus is alkaline in nature and is filled with protein but is very low in calories and carbohydrates. It is the richest source of folate, vitamins A, C and K, potassium, and vitamin B complex. Asparagus contains good amount of copper and iron. This also has some minerals and electrolytes like potassium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus.  So, yes, it’s good for us!  But does asparagus really have the potential for improving skin health?  How?

1 – As a detox – asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per cup. Potassium is known for reducing belly fat. It also contains 3 grams of fiber which cleanses the digestive system. It has virtually no natural sodium so no bloating during PMS, has no fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories. According to a clinical dietician at UCLA Medical Center, asparagus is the ultimate in detox vegetables. And if your system is clean, it will absolutely show up in brighter, more glowing skin!

2 – For anti-aging purposes – asparagus is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and folate. It is also very high in glutathione (GSH) – an amino acid compound with protent antioxidant properties; a must as an anti-aging deterrent. GSH is an antioxidant that protects cells from toxins such as free radicals.  The Vitamin C content also helps to boost collagen production after eating!

3 – As a facial treatment – Did you know you can actually apply asparagus  directly to your skin?!! Fresh asparagus is the richest source of anti-oxidants like carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and crypto-xanthins. This is useful to kill free radicals from the body to protect from cancer, neuro diseases, and viral infections. Asparagus also contains powerful anti-oxidants like carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E and manganese.  If you cleanse your face with a mixture of (cooled) asparagus after boiling, this cleans the face, dries the sores, and treats acne.  It’s equally good on patchy / dry, psoriasis, or eczema areas on the body.  For a homemade mask, you can grind a mixture of 8 parts asparagus, 2 parts organic oatmeal….apply the pulp directly as a 15 minute spot treatment and rinse off!

Would love to hear feedback if anyone has tried this!

Charis 🙂

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