Functional elements from asparagus for human health

C. K. Chin, S. A. Garrison, Y. Shao, M. Wang, J. Simon, C. T. Ho, M. T. Huang

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In addition to the primary metabolites proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, asparagus contains a large number of chemical constituents including flavanoids, amino acid derivatives, sulfur-containing acids, vitamins and saponins. Recent studies have indicated that some of these compounds possess health protective and pharmacological properties. We have initiated studies to examine saponins, α- tocopherol, and rutin in asparagus. The results confirmed that asparagus is a good source of these compounds. However, significant variations in their levels among different genotypes were observed. More studies are required to confirm the health benefits of these compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationX International Asparagus Symposium
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789066057968
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

NameActa Horticulturae
ISSN (Print)0567-7572

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Horticulture


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