This little vegetable looks interestingly funny doesn’t it? It looks more like a green weapon than something you cook and eat. I used to always see asparagus as a dish garnish, usually for steak or other meat, and never thought of eating it. Only recently have I discovered the wonders of this amazing vegetable.
The health benefits of asparagus is quite a long list, and I believe is one of the best vegetable to be eating if you are guilty of not eating enough vegetables and fruits, because just in this one food alone it contains most of the key vitamins you need. Below are some of the health benefits from eating asparagus.
Asparagus have 288 milligram of potassium, and potassium is good for reducing fats in the tummy area. It has low sodium content, no fat or cholesterol, and 1 cup of serving only contains 40 calories. It also contains an amino acid named, Asparagine, that cleanses the body of all toxins. Asparagine is the culprit for making your urine smell really pungent after eating asparagus.
The diuretic effect helps in kidney related problems and water retention, making it good to eat during pregnancy or menstruation. Many pregnant women are advised to take asparagus to lower risks of birth defects too.
Asparagus is rich in folate, vitamin A and high in glutathoine (GSH) which is a compound containing potent anti-oxidant properties and protect cells from free radicals. It also helps fight brain cognitive decline. For those suffering from hair loss, taking asparagus regularly will help stimulate hair growth as well.
Mood boosting food
It fights depression and boosts your mood in general after taking it because it balances insulin levels, ensuring a stabilized general mood.
High in folate
Because asparagus is high in folate, it is said to reduce risks of heart diseases, reduces inflammation and pain, and as a important protection against cancer.
Preventing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
Being the number 1 source of vitamin K, it provides what is necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, which is the protein in bone tissues. Vitamin K also aids in bone formation and repair.
Ways to prepare Asparagus
I prefer mine steamed and plain. But if you like to have more flavor I would suggest lightly steaming the asparagus and then wrap a slice of smoked salmon around it. It isn’t enough to make a meal but would make an excellent healthy snack.