Healthy asparagus recipes: Goat Cheese Tart and Sweet and Spicy Szechuan Asparagus
Posted Apr 10 2010 7:02am
If asparagus is on sale at the grocery store, it must be spring. I love asparagus sautéed in olive oil, seasoned with a little salt and pepper and topped with fresh squeezed lemon juice or a balsamic reduction. I even get the kids to eat asparagus by telling them it will make their pee smell weird, which they think is uproariously funny.
Asparagus is a fantastic source of folic acid (folate) a B vitamin necessary for blood cell formation, growth and prevention of liver disease. Asparagus is also contains vitamin C, thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium and many micronutrients.
According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus provides more of the cancer-fighting micro-nutrient glutathione than any other food. Asparagus is also high in rutin, which is thought to strengthen blood vessels.
Dave Grotto in his book 101 Optimal Life Foods writes that asparagus is rich in a plant substance called protodioscin, which has been known to enhance nitric oxide in the body. This in turn relaxes blood vessels to allow more blood flow to your, uh, girly bits. Yes, asparagus enhances female libido! (Other foods that raise nitric oxide levels include Concord grapes, oats, pomegranates and olive oil.)