Vitamin & Mineral Content: Not only is the veggie loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, it is off the chart with Vitamin K. One cup contains 114% of you daily value requirement.
Health Effects: It is a natural diuretic that cleanses your system and might help reduce water retention during PMS. Due to its high folate content, asparagus is considered a birth defect fighter ( 1 ).
Asparagus contains a special kind of carbohydrate called inulin that we don’t digest, but the health-promoting friendly bacteria in our large intestine, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, do ( 2 ). Also, note that inulin is gaining popularity as a food-additive and can cause stomach aches , but this is possibly due to excessive consumption of it in an unnatural form.
Random Fact: There is a recipe for cooking asparagus in the oldest surviving book of recipes, Apicius’s third century AD De re coquinaria , Book III. It was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans ( 3 ).