10 Side Effects Of Asparagus You Should Be Aware Of

Written by Tanya Choudhary
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition

The bright green hued asparagus stems go beyond being just a treat for your eyes. Loaded with nutrients, it is almost zero in calories, making it an ideal snack for those on a weight loss track. An effective natural anti-ageing veggie, it comes packed with fiber, the detoxifying glutathione, asparagines – an essential amino acid, and not to mention its anti-cancerous properties. Nevertheless, it is also not sans of side effects. While most of the side effects are rare and could be neglected, there are certain ones that, at times, might need a medical attention.

10 Side Effects Of Asparagus

Read on to know about the various side effects of eating asparagus and the right way to use it to avoid the negative effects.

1. Might Experience A Dry Mouth

Asparagus stems are powerful natural diuretic veggies. This diuretic nature triggers frequent urination, leading to dehydration. The lesser the fluid levels are in your body, the more the dehydration levels will be. This, in turn, will leave you dry mouthed.

2. Bowel Mobility May Suffer A Setback

This springtime bright green veggie stalks are potential treasure troves of fiber. 100 grams of this veggies contain 2.1% of fiber, meeting up to 8% of the recommended daily value of the nutrient. Excessive intake of fiber is not advisable. The fiber eliminates the moisture, thus hardening the stools. Thus, in turn, affects the bowel movement in the small intestine negatively. The result – you might experience an obstruction in the intestine, accompanied by constipation, cramps, and pain.

3. Foul Smelling Stools

This is one of the most commonly reported side effects of eating asparagus. This green vegetable contains an antioxidant, which actually is rich in the mineral sulfur. And, sulfur is an element that renders its characteristic smell wherever it is used. A day or two – that is the maximum time required for this foul smell of your stool to vanish.

4. Not Safe For People Having Edema Conditions

If you have an edema due to some renal failure or cardiac disorders, then please use asparagus carefully. Studies suggest that this nutrient dense veggie might pose harm for people with such conditions. Hence it is advisable to take the opinion of your health care provider in such cases to avoid any complications.

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5. Could Develop Allergies To Asparagus

Allergic reactions have been reported in many cases after consuming this vegetable. Some of the most common allergic reactions include:

  • Inflammation of the eye – allergic conjunctivitis with itching, redness, and swelling of the eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose
  • Irritating and itching throat
  • Dry cough
  • Hives on the skin with itches
  • Inflammations on the skin with rashes, redness, and itching
  • Difficulty in breathing/obstructed breathing
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

6. You Might Be Under Flatulence Attack

Foods rich in carbohydrates, especially dietary fiber, causes gas in the digestive tract. While studies suggest that people, on a daily average, pass gas 14 times. Asparagus is the trove of raffinose, the complex carbohydrate that contains 3 different sugar variants – glucose, fructose, and galactose. We do not possess the enzyme essential for breaking down this carbohydrate and hence, it gets fermented by bacteria, triggering the formation of gas in excess. Excessive gas puts you under the siege of burp as well as flatulence. Just make sure you do not overindulge in this healthy delight!

7. Not Safe For Those On Anti-Hypternsive Drugs

Asparagus is known to have a positive role in regulating the blood pressure level, thus alleviating the risks associated with hypertension. However, if you are hypertensive and you have been advised anti-hypertension medications, then please be a little extra cautious while indulging in asparagus. Asparagus could possibly react with the medications, forcing the blood pressure levels to fall down to a dangerous level.

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8. Sudden Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of the undesirable side effects of consuming large quantity of asparagus. People, especially, those who are on a weight loss track do have this temptation of overindulging in this green stalk. When consumed in excess, your weight does go down on the scale due to the diuretic nature of this vegetable. However, excess loss of water from the body could leave you under the attack of dehydration. Moreover, this could be an unwanted weight loss also. So, always keep your portion under check to avoid such unwanted effects.

9. Affects Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Asparagus is not safe to use in medicinal amounts during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In fact, asparagus extracts are used for birth control, as it plays a role in affecting the hormones. There is no solid scientific evidence to recommend this veggie during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is advisable to check with your doctor before going for it.

10. Interactions With Drugs

There are two cases, mainly, where asparagus has shown interacting with prescribed medications:

  • With anti-hypertensive drugs: Asparagus possesses the potential to lower BP. So, together with anti-hypotension medications, it could result in a drastic dip of the blood pressure levels, leaving you in danger.
  • With diuretic drugs: Diuretics are prescribed for people suffering from renal issues or edema conditions. These spears are natural diuretics, and could actually accentuate the results of diuretic medications.

It is advisable to take the advice of the consulting medical practitioner, if you are on any of the aforementioned drugs, to thwart of undesirable consequences.

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Don’t panic after reading all the above potential side effects of asparagus. Akin to 2 sides of a coin, everything in this nature has a good and bad side. It is up to you to identify the goodness over the bad to reap the benefits. Using every fruit, veggie, herb, and spice within the permissible levels will definitely bestow you with gifts. So, use asparagus in a judicious way and thwart the side effects.

Have you ever noticed any of these symptoms while consuming asparagus in excess amounts? What did you do to overcome those effects of asparagus? Share your views and experiences with us below in the comments section.

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