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Amazing Benefits of Asparagus

There are a number of nutritional and health benefits to asparagus and a long history to prove this is still one vegetable that should be on every dinner table.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba Khaliq / Mar 12, 2014

Here Comes the Spring and So Does Asparagus

Asparagus is one of the first foods to signal the onset of spring. Its association with human diet has a 2000 year old history. Asparagus’s spear-shaped form could be viewed as symbolic for its age- and disease-fighting abilities. Despite its hard-to-shake bad reputation (it affects the smell of urine to a strong degree), there are a number of nutritional and health benefits to asparagus and a long history to prove this is still one vegetable that should be on every dinner table. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Prevents Cancer

Asparagus is a leafy green vegetable and contains folate which protects against cancer. Taking folate is better than taking folic acid. The latter is a mere supplement and therefore the benefits derived from natural folate are greater. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Assists Digestion

Fibre in asparagus is nice for a healthy digestive system. Both fibre and protein present in it help stabilize our digestion and keep food moving through us at the desirable rate.  Image Source: Getty Images

 

Has Anti-ageing Properties

Asparagus is rich in vitamin E, which is also a lipid-soluble antioxidant and therefore highly beneficial for your skin. It helps to protect tissue cells from mediated oxidant injury, which basically means that it keeps your skin looking young and healthy. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Regulates Blood Sugar

First is the amazing B-vitamin content of asparagus. In our food rating system, asparagus emerges as an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin B1, and vitamin B2 as well as a very good source of niacin, choline, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. Because B vitamins play a key role in the metabolism of sugars and starches, they are critical for healthy blood sugar management. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Helps Heart

This vitamin B also plays a key role in regulation of homocysteine, they are critical in heart health has well. Homocysteine is an amino acid, and when it reaches excessive levels in our blood, it is a strong risk factor for heart disease. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Assists Weight Loss

Asparagus is also great for weight loss because it contains potassium, which has been known to help reduce belly fat. It also doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, and its lack of sodium means that it won’t make women bloat before and during a period. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Keeps Eyes Healthy

The vitamin A found in asparagus can help you maintain healthy vision because it helps your retinas to absorb light. It also contains cancer prevention properties and can help to stop macular degeneration developing later in life. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Is High in Iron

A single serving of asparagus contains 15.9% of your recommended dose of iron. This is particularly good news for vegetarians and vegans who need a non-meat source of iron. Image Source: Getty Images

 

Keeps Bones Healthy

A serving of asparagus contains an impressive 69.6% of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for keeping them strong and healthy. It helps with bone repair and formation, and has been known to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Image Source: Getty Images

 

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