Potent Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus, the flowering perennial plant, a spring vegetable, and a native to most of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, is widely grown as a vegetable super food. Since ancient times, asparagus has been used as a veggie and a medicine. Greeks and Romans ate it fresh during spring and dry during the winter. Even back then it was known as a super food.
So why asparagus? Because it’s loaded with nutritional value! Asparagus is a great source of fiber, folate, and the vitamins , K, E, C, and A, as well as chromium and a few other trace minerals. These all help insulin transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells.
Additionally, it can help fight cancer! Along with the avocado and a few other great super food fruits and vegetables, asparagus is rich in glutathione, a compound that detoxifies the body by breaking down carcinogens and other free radicals. Because of this, asparagus provides active protection against bone, breast, colon, larynx, and lung cancer.
Asparagus is also a natural diuretic. It has high levels of asparagine, an amino acid that acts as a diuretic, helping to release fluid and rid the body of excess salt. An anti-aging property it contains like other leafy greens is vitamin B12 which can help prevent cognitive impairment.
Overall, asparagus is just a great vegetable that should be included in your meals.
Try this recipe – Roasted Asparagus
- 2 pounds thick asparagus
- 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
- Ground Pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Oil a baking sheet and put asparagus on it. Toss olive oil and salt and pepper on it. Place oven and roast for 10 minutes
Remove from heat, toss with thyme and lemon juice and enjoy!