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5 Health Benefits of Asparagus

Posted May 04 2012 5:36pm

Spring is here and asparagus are coming to farmers’ markets (at least here in Canada!)  The fresh green asparagus spears are both delicious and tender, yet filled with health super powers.

 5 Health Benefits of Asparagus

Anti-inflammatory

With its unique combination of nutrients, asparagus is one of the best anti-inflammatory food. Rich in saponins, quercetin, rutin and isohamnetin, asparagus is a great food to help to reduce the risk of many health problems.

Antioxidant

Asparagus is packed with antioxidants. Including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and several minerals. Asparagus is also one of the vegetables that contains the most glutathione, a specific antioxidant that is especially good ad supporting liver detoxification.

Anti-cancer

The glutathione and antioxidants that asparagus is so rich of makes is an ideal food to reduce cancer risks.

Supports digestion

Asparagus is an unusual digestive support food. Asparagus contain an interesting amount of a nutrient called inulin. Inulin is considered a prebiotic, a substance that passes undigested to the large intestine, feeding the friendly bacteria associated with nutrient absorption.

Heart healthy

Rich in dietary fiber and vitamins from the B group, asparagus is also good for your health.  Fiber helps to naturally lower cholesterol levels, and vitamin B helps to regulate homocysteine, an amino acid that is closely involved in health diseases.

 

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