Asparagus is a green fleshy spear that is succulent and tender. Their appearance indicates the onset of the spring season. These are known to man since ancient times and are recognised for their nutritional as well as medicinal benefits. This vegetable has a distinct and delicious flavour. Asparagus is also popularly known as ‘sparrow grass’. Though there are hundreds of varieties of asparagus but only few are edible. Green or greenish purple colour asparagus is usually consumed. It is slightly expensive as compared to other vegetables as it is harvested by hand.
Asparagus anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties keeps you protected from various diseases. Include it in your diet with other vegetables and avail its health benefits.
- Asparagus is the only vegetable that contains insulin and feeds the friendly bacteria in the large
intestine. It helps to prevent yeast over growth and leads healthy digestive system.
- It is alkaline in nature and is abundantly packed with protein and very low in calories and carbohydrates.
- It is a good source of folate, vitamins A, C and K, potassium, and Vitamin B complex. It also contain good amount of copper, iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Asparagus contains dietary fiber which helps in digestion, lowers bad cholesterol and maintains blood sugar level. It is also helpful in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
- 100g of fresh asparagus contains only 20 calories and digesting this absorbs more calories so it is a negative calorie vegetable.
- Fresh asparagus is a good source of anti-oxidants like carotenes, lutein, zea-xanthin, and crypto xanthins. These anti oxidants helps kill the free radicals and protect the body from cancer, neuro -diseases, and viral infections. Aspara-gus also contains anti-oxidants like carotenoids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and manganese.
- It is a good source of B complex vitamins like niacin, Vitamin B-6, thiamine, riboflavin and pantothenic acid. This nutrient is important to maintain the level of cellular enzymes and metabolic functions.
- Vitamin K is abundantly available in asparagus. This promotes healthy bone and helps in its formation. Consuming Vitamin K in your daily diet prevents neuronal damage and treats Alzheimer’s disease.
- Folate in asparagus helps to cure many cardiovascular-related problems.
- Asparagus extract is the best herbal ingredient for urinary tract health. This detoxifies and stimulates proper urinary tract functioning.
- Asparagus can be directly applied to the skin. It cleans the face heals sores, and treats acne. Vitamin E in asparagus is good for your skin.
- Folates and B 12 increase brain speed and mental flexibility. These nutrients help in lowering the anti-aging symptoms.
- As it is low fat, low in calorie diet, it can be regularly included in your diet and can manage your weight, reduction of cholesterol levels and obesity.
- Asparagus is filled with many nutrients including Vitamin E. This vitamin works best for your skin’s health.
- You can also wash your face with water of boiled asparagus to get rid of blemishes.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna