Science recognizes a few hundred varieties of asparagus. However, we can eat just a few of them. Asparagus is a relative of leeks, garlic and onion, and it grows throughout the whole year, but tastes best in spring. We usually eat green asparagus, but there is also a white variety, and it is interesting to note that it grows underground.
Asparagus is abundant in protein, and low in calories and carbs. Let’s not forget that it is highly alkaline, and offers a great portion of calcium and magnesium (2:1 ratio).
“Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally balanced plant-derived foods. Low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium, asparagus also has vitamin A (also known as retinol, because it produces pigments in the retina), E (has strong antioxidant properties, meaning it reduces oxidative damage caused by oxygen, which can harm human tissue, cells, and organs), and K (which helps your blood clot), magnesium, zinc and selenium, as well as fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, iron, copper, and manganese.
As the above list shows, asparagus leads the pack in the wide range of nutrients it supplies, as well as amounts. An example: a 5.3 ounce serving of asparagus provides a whopping 60% of the recommended daily allowance of folate – and the USRDA calls 40% excellent.
Besides keeping your heart healthy, folate is necessary for blood cell reproduction, especially in bone marrow, normal growth, and liver disease prevention. Studies have shown folate, also known as vitamin B9, to be a significant factor in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida,” Dr. Mercola explains.
Asparagine is an amino acid in asparagus, and it is known for its ability to cleanse the body and stimulate the kidneys.
Asparagus is abundant in phytonutrients that eliminate toxins and trigger the renal system in several ways. It increases urine production, improves the kidney and bladder function, eliminates bad bacteria and toxins, breaks up uric acid, and provides a smooth flow of urine.
We give you a few good reasons to eat asparagus more often:
Minerals in asparagus help you regulate blood sugar.
Asparagus is an alkaline food and it alkalies blood and eases the elimination of tissues.
Chlorophyll and phytonutrients in asparagus provide a healthy liver function.
Asparagus juice has a diuretic effect. It relieves bloating, swelling and other symptoms. Magnesium aids in treating depression, irritability, fatigue, etc.
Arthritis and rheumatism
Asparagus contains a special phytochemical that reduces inflammation, and can be effective in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.
Combine asparagus juice and raw honey to strengthen weak or enlarged heart. For optimal results, take this remedy three times a day.
Asparagus has diuretic and alkaline effect, and it is effective in dissolving kidney stones.
Asparagus is abundant in antioxidants and glutathione, and these can prevent vision issues and progression of cataracts.
Asparagus juice provides a diuretic effect. Juice your asparagus for better results.
Consume asparagus regularly to fix your bowel movement as it has a laxative effect.
Folate, calcium and other minerals in asparagus reduce the risk of birth defects, and pregnant women need these to give birth to a healthy baby with an optimal weight.
Always buy firm and straight stalks, and make sure their tips are tight. Keep it in plastic bags in your fridge for three days. Steam-cooking is a perfect option to prepare your asparagus. Do not boil it, as boiling destroys its vitamin and mineral content.
Source: Healthy Food House