Food that calms you down: Asparagus

Asparagus asparagoides - Copenhagen Botanical Garden - DSC08018

By Daderot (Own work) [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to believe sometimes how many foods there are which can, to a certain extent, help deal with stress. When I first looked it up I thought I would find 5 or 6 foods tops, boy was I wrong. In this post I am going to be talking about another food that helps out with stress, asparagus. Fun fact: it makes your urine (pee) smell funny, I don’t know why I put that there I just felt like I should. Anyway, moving on.

Like the sweet potato post (put link here) there is no article which talks solely about how asparagus is good for stress and depression, instead it is only one part of an article. Which is why in this post I am first going to be showing articles that mention how asparagus helps stress and how asparagus is good for health, then I will be discussing an article that talks more in detail about one of the nutrients in asparagus that is supposed to be helpful with stress and depression. With that said, let’s get into it.

The first article I want to show you is called, “10 Superfoods for Stress Relief” by Dorie Eisenstein posted on bhg.com.  If you scroll down to the first point you will see that they talk about how asparagus is filled with folic acid and other B vitamins that help keep our mood steady and help in the production of serotonin, the feel good hormone (in case you forgot).

Now for the next article, “10 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Asparagus” (http://www.health.com/nutrition/asparagus-health-benefits) by Kathleen Mulpeter, posted on health.com. This is a slideshow, so if you go to slide number 11 you will come to a point called “It boosts your mood” you will find that even here they talk about how asparagus is filled with folate (aka folic acid) and B vitamins which researchers have shown can be of help to people who suffer from depression.

Finally I want to bring your attention to this article on ods.od.nih.gov titled “Folate”. This article goes into a lot more detail about folate, giving an introduction to it, mentioning the various sources, what happens to those with folate deficiency and other things. If you scroll down to the “Folate and Health” section, you will find a sub section titled “Depression.” This part of the article talks about how low folate levels in a person may be connected to depression. It talks about how a study was conducted on people who were suffering from depression and had a folate deficiency and it was found that when they were given more folate they felt much better. They also mention that they are not sure whether people with normal folate levels who suffer from depression would benefit from this and further research and study is needed.

Well that’s about it for this post. It seems to me that if you are stressed out and/or are suffering from depression then you might want to consider adding some asparagus to your diet. You can’t use it as a replacement for medication if you suffer from serious issues but it would be beneficial all the same. Also, if you want to know more about asparagus and its health benefits then you might want to read this article from whfoods.com titled “Asparagus”  I hope you liked this post and I hope I’ve given you something else you can use to help you deal with stress in your daily life.

 

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