A springtime favorite, asparagus is delicious, healthful and easy to prepare. Just steam, boil or microwave until tender to enjoy sensational spears.
Asparagus is a member of the lily family and is related to onions, leeks and garlic. One serving of asparagus contains just 20 calories and is a good source of foliate and vitamin K. Just 5 stalks of asparagus provide healthy amounts of folic acid, vitamin C and disease-fighting antioxidants.
Tip for selecting:
Select spears that are straight, firm and similar in size to ensure that they cook evenly.
Tip for storing:
Refrigerate asparagus as soon as possible. Before refrigerating, wrap the lower ends of the stalks in a damp paper towel and place them in a plastic bag, or stand them upright in a bowl of water.
- Asparagus fights against cancer.
- Helps the heart and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Your heart will love Asparagus.
- Loaded with nutrients: Vitamin C, A, E, K, B complex, hromium, and fibers.
- Copper and iron: increases production of red blood cells.
- Antioxidant enzymes.
- A natural detoxifier.
- Has anti-aging properties.
- Fights depression and puts you in a good mood.
- Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Helps prevent multiple sclerosis.
- Great for kidneys. It helps cleanse the body and prevents kidney stones.
- Prevents bladder and urinary tract infections.
- Energizing and fights chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Naturally lowers blood pressure.
- Helps menstrual cramps.
- Helps to boost immunity.
- Considered a highly alkaline food.
- Stimulates hair production.
- Helps treat toothaches.
- Feeds the friendly bacteria that live in the large intestine and keeps the digestive system healthy.
- Considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
Asparagus is considered a diuretic due to it’s mineral profile combined with the amino acid asparagine. It has 289 milligrams of potassium per cup, 70% of your daily needs. Potassium helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
High in glutathione. Glutathione (GSH) is an amino-acid that works as an antioxidant protecting cells from toxins. 20% of your daily intake of vitamin A can be found in a single serving of Asparagus. Rich in vitamin K: promotes bone health limits neuronal damage in the brain thus preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Rich in B-complex vitamins.