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The happy spring vegetable which people are crazy about worldwide, has a deep dark secret. Other then just making your urine smell more then usual asparagus berries are responsible for sending bushels of eager new gardeners to the hospital every year.
The berries contain several furostanol and spirostanol glycosides and the seeds contain a bitter substance called spargine. After the intake of larger amounts (more than 5-7) of the ripe berries, people have been diagnosed with vomiting and abdominal pain. People who have eating smaller amounts of the berries, should drink sufficient water or tea. If more than 7 berries have been eaten, start getting concerned. You may want to consider administering charcoal tablets at this point.
• In addition to the berries being poisonous the “leaves” also contain a slight irritant. Some people complain of allergic reactions, inflammation of skin, eyes, allergic rhinitis, and the occasional asthmatic attack.
• The English word “asparagus” derives from classical Latin, but the plant was once known in English as sperage, from the Medieval Latin sparagus. This term itself derives from the Greek aspharagos or asparagos, and the Greek term originates from the Persian asparag, meaning “sprout” or “shoot”.
• In the mid-1990s, tribulus terrestris became known in North America after Eastern European Olympic athletes said that taking tribulus helped their performance. The active compounds are called steroidal saponins. Two types, furostanol glycosides and spirostanol glycosides, the same components found in Asparagus berries!!