Food of the Week: Asparagus

Asparagus

 

  • Folate, which a B Vitamin richly found in asparagus, is essential to a healthy heart. Folate also helps prevent spina bifida and birth defects.
  • A diuretic, asparagus helps our body reduce swelling and arthritis. The carbohydrate inulin found in asparagus helps increase the growth of beneficial bacteria in our gut while inhibiting the proliferation of harmful bacteria – which helps to prevent colon cancer.
  • High in vitamin K, which keeps our bones strong and prevents calcium from building up to high in our tissues. Too much calcium can cause a stroke and/or heart attack.
  • Asparagus is a good source for vitamin C, which helps maintain a healthy immune system, lowers blood pressure, and aids in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Asparagus is a source of iron, providing our cells and tissues with oxygen
  • Asparagine is an amino acid found in asparagus and I helps to cleanse our body of toxin
  • Many women have found that eating asparagus during their menstrual cycle helps to prevent cramps.

                                                 

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Fun Fact: The fruit of the asparagus plant is a poisonous small red berry.  Asparagus is a member of the lily family! 


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