Asparagus racemosus is a climber having stems up to 4 m long. Its roots are both fibrous and tuberous.
Shatavari has small pine-needle-like phylloclades (photosynthetic branches) that are uniform and shiny green. In July, it produces minute, white flowers on short, spiky stems, and in September it fruits, producing blackish-purple, globular berries. It has an adventitious root system with tuberous roots that measure about one metre in length, tapering at both ends, with roughly a hundred on each plant.
Shatavarin IV is a glycoside of sarsasapogenin having 2 molecules of Asparagus rhamnose and 1 molecule of glucose [Figure 1]. The major bioactives (Chemical constituents) of Asparagus species are shown in Figure 2. Sarsasapogenin and shatavarin I-IV are present in roots, leaves, and fruits of Asparagus species.
Karma-Balance vata and pitta.
Is Shatavari safe?
It’s safe to eat it in small amounts, and doing so will allow you to reap its antioxidant and immune-boosting benefits.
Contraindication: Shatavari, as part of the asparagus family, should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to asparagus. Always consult your health care practitioner if you have questions related to your particular condition.