Alright, I don’t want to rush things, but I want to try to get back into the swing of things. I will attempt to continue my series tomorrow.
We all know about asparagus, a green vegetable in the lily family. However, only some notice an interesting side effect of eating this veggie, about 50% actually. Only people with a certain gene (I have no clue which) can produce this odoriferous excretion. Soon after consumption, people will notice their urine emitting at pungent odor. This of course is only temporary, but interesting.
Scientists are still not quite sure which set of chemicals or amino acids contained in asparagusactually cause the smell. The stalks themselves do not acquire a similar odor as they are prepared, so whatever happens most likely happens during ingestion or digestion. Experts believe that those with a certain gene produce a digestive enzyme which breaks down the asparagusinto various amino acids. One of those compounds is called methyl mercaptan, which is the same chemical which gives a skunk its defensive smell. But that is about as far as the consensus goes. One group believes that asparagusbreaks down quickly in the body and an enzyme releases methyl mercaptan, this eventually goes through the kidneys and are excreted as a waste product in the urine.
Others suggest that the asparagus smellis created by another amino acid compound called thioesters. There is also an amino acid called asparagusic acid, which is found naturally in asparagus. If these compounds are broken down and mixed with the genetically-created enzyme in certain concentrations, the results could be a strong smelling urine.
This smellis actually considered to be good news by most doctors, however, because it proves that the asparagus eater’s kidneys are functioning as they should. But if you are still frightened, be not afraid. I too am plagued by stinky asparagus pee.