Asparagus is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants! It is an excellent source of fibre, which helps to clear the digestive tract and supports ongoing cleansing and detoxification.
Asparagus also contains vitamin A which helps body tissue growth and repair, helps to strengthen eyesight and is involved in the production of thyroid hormones.
Asparagus is also an excellent plant based source of glutathione, a potent antioxidant that acts like a vacuum to help scavenge free radicals. Glutathione helps to rid of potential carcinogens and toxins within the body, helping the body and skin to remain youthful and healthy.
Asparagus is a brilliant source of vitamin K, which helps in the absorption of dietary calcium and thus, helps in the formation and strengthening of bones. Vitamin K also plays a significant role in blood clotting and can help slow the loss of integrity of bones and reduce the prevalence of osteoporosis.
Asparagus also contains chromium, a fantastic trace mineral that helps balance blood glucose levels by enhancing the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the blood into the cells.
Asparagus contains the amino acid asparagine, which acts as a natural diuretic. This is particularly useful for those who suffer from oedema or fluid retention, high blood pressure, recurring urinary tract infections or kidney stones. It increases urination which helps the body rid of excess salts, release excess fluid and detoxify.
Per cup of asparagus, there is 288mg potassium and minimal sodium. Therefore, asparagus acts to create proper electrolyte balance within the body. We often consume too much dietary sodium, which results in puffiness (particularly under the eyes) and bloating. Proper electrolyte balance will ensure that these symptoms are reduced and potentially alleviated.
Some may notice a distinct urinary smell after consuming asparagus…don’t be alarmed this is nothing to worry about!! This is because asparagus gives off a strong odour during its metabolic process in the body.
Waterless methods of cooking asparagus prevent the potential leaching of essential nutrients and antioxidants, therefore grill, roast or stir-fry your asparagus to get maximum benefit.
Delicious and nutritious, asparagus is a powerful vegetable that you want to be adding to your weekly shop.