Does asparagus hold healing powers?

Gott: Asparagus contains a protein known as histone, believed to be active in controlling cell growth. This may be the connection to which you refer. It is high in folate and vitamins K and C, and may provide the digestive tract with unique health benefits.
BY Peter H. Gott Published: August 16, 2011
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DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently read an article on the Internet regarding the healing powers of asparagus. It is supposed to really be a super cancer-killer. Have you heard anything about this, or is it more Internet hype? It seems to me that if it is all it is said to be, the AMA or FDA would be endorsing it, wouldn't they?

DEAR READER: Asparagus contains a protein known as histone, believed to be active in controlling cell growth. This may be the connection to which you refer.

It is high in folate and vitamins K and C, and may provide the digestive tract with unique health benefits. It is purported to fight depression, lower cholesterol, contain antifungal and antiviral qualities, prevent kidney stones and bladder and urinary tract infections, reduce high blood pressure, treat toothaches, increase the success rate of chemotherapy, and contain anti-cancer agents — particularly in relation to the lungs.

In one circulating email, The Cancer News Journal was said to have printed an article in December 1979; however, to date, the article and its biochemist author have not been found. The email goes on to say the article discussed the miraculous tales of serious bouts of cancer being overcome by asparagus therapy. That was enough to catch readers' attention: www.snopes.com/medical/disease/asparagus.asp.

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