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Asparagus racemosus

Asparagus racemosus is an herb used in Ayurveda medicine. It is not the commonly consumed vegetable, but it is a related plant.

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Summary of Asparagus racemosus

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Asparagus racemosus is an herb used in Ayurveda medicine. It is not the vegetable usually called asparagus.

Supplementing Asparagus racemosus will aid digestion, since the plant has anti-ulcer effects. It will also aid the immune system when antibodies are fighting off a threat. Asparagus racemosus also has aphrodisiac, antidepressant and anxiety-reducing effects.

But for anxiety, depression and libido, Asparagus racemosus is outclassed by other herbs. For example, Ashwagandha is more effective at reducing anxiety and depression, while Panax ginseng provides more physical benefits.

Though Asparagus racemosus has been used as a galactagogue to increase breast milk production, this area needs further research before Asparagus racemosus supplementation can be specifically recommended.

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How to Take

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Rat studies using the root of Asparagus racemosus (Note: this is not the vegetable commonly called asparagus) use doses in the 100-200mg/kg of bodyweight range. This translates to an estimated human dose of 16-32 mg/kg of bodyweight, or:

• 1,100-2,200 mg for a 150lb person • 1,400-2,900 mg for a 200lb person • 1,800-3,600 mg for a 250lb person

The dosage ranges above are based on rat studies. There have not been any human studies done on Asparagus racemosus, so the optimal human dosage is unknown.

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The Human Effect Matrix summarizes human studies to tell you what effects Asparagus racemosus has on your body, how much evidence there is, and how strong these effects are.

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Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
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Consistency of research results
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Notes
grade-d Moderate See 2 studies
There is conflicting evidence regarding the effect of Asparagus racemosus on lactating parents. Some studies find it increases infant weight and serum prolactin levels in the parent, but other studies find no such effect.

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Things to Note

Primary Function:

Also Known As

Asparagus, Asparagus Extract, Shatavari

Do Not Confuse With

Asparagus (Vegetable)

  • One study in rats noted teratogenic (birth defect inducing) effects, but this has not been reinvestigated

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