This awesome vegetable is high is folic acid and is also an excellent source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, Vitamins A, Vitamin C, and thiamine.
Asparagus is great for it contains virtually no fat and contains only 20 calories for every 5 spears.
The following is the nutritional value for one cup of asparagus:
• 20 calories per cup
• 2 grams of protein
• 60% folacin
• 38% vitamin K
• 20% vitamin C
• 15% vitamin B1 Thiamin
• 10% vitamin B6
• 8% vitamin A
• 6% vitamin B2 Riboflavin
• 5% vitamin B3 Niacin
• 2% calcium
• 4% magnesium
• 4% copper
History of Asparagus:
There are three types of asparagus: Green (American/British), Purple (French), and White (Spanish and Dutch). Asparagus is part of the Asparagaceae family and each plant can be either male or female. They thrive in areas where the ground freezes during winter or goes through dry seasons.
The following are a number of Health Benefits of Asparagus:
Is a Natural Diuretic:
Due to its high levels of amino acid asparagine, asparagus is a natural diuretic. Eating asparagus can help flush out fluid and salt from your body preventing you from gaining urinary tract infections. UTI’s are caused as a result of woman not using the bathroom enough (as well as other reasons) – eating more asparagus may help avoid this painful infection.
Helps with Weight loss:
Low in calories and also in fat this vegetable is a great choice if you are trying to lose weight. High in fiber means you will stay full longer in between meals as fiber is harder to digest. Fiber is also a great way to help with constipation.
Asparagus racemosus is widely appreciated in Ayurvedic therapy and is famously known as shatavari. Shatavari has aphrodisiac properties and is used to regulate hormones for sex irregularities in both males and females.
– Enhances libido
– Increases sperm count
– Effective in menopausal syndrome
– Galactogogue (increase breast milk)
– Boosts appetite in nursing woman
Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant:
Asparagus especially purple asparagus is full of anthocyanins (this is what gives fruit and veggies their purple, blue and red hues) which have an antioxidant effects which slow the aging process and break down free radicals.
This vegetable helps promote your over digestive health and can help encourage a balance of good bacteria and probiotics in your digestive tract. It can also reduce gas. One serving of asparagus can contain up to one gram of soluble fiber which has been known to lower our risk of heart disease.
Aids a Healthy Pregnancy:
Asparagus contains a significant amount of Folate which is excellent for woman who are pregnant. Folate decreases the risk of neural-tube defects, helps form red blood cells, and helps produce DNA.
Filled with Vitamin K:
Vitamin K helps with bone health, can increase bone mineral density, and can reduce fracture rates. Vitamin K can prevent blood clotting coagulation which is the process that helps your body stop bleeding after a cut.
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