Asparagus is a spring vegetable that is as versatile as it is nutritious. It is loaded with nutrients that fight aging as well as reduce risk of disease. Ancient Romans used asparagus to treat many medical conditions including arthritis. Here is a closer look into this spear shaped plant:
Full of vitamins:
Asparagus is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and the diabetes friendly chromium. Chromium assists insulin in transporting glucose into the cells from the bloodstream. The folate found in asparagus works with B12 to promote better mental health. Sufficient intake of folate while pregnant also prevents major birth defects of the brain and spine.
Fights free radicals:
It contains glutathione that breaks down free radicals, fighting against breast, bone, colon and lung cancers. The large quantities of antioxidants in asparagus neutralize free radicals that damage cells, slowing the aging process.
High blood pressure:
High levels of asparagine, an amino acid, helps the body get rid of excess salt. Asparagnine is a natural diuretic, benefiting people suffering from fluid accumulation, high blood pressure and other heart diseases.
February through June is peak season for asparagus, so it will be cheaper and fresher! Asparagus can be prepared many ways, is low in calories and high in health benefits. This spring, find some time to experiment with one of nature’s delicacies.