Asparagus season is quickly approaching, so it is a good time to consider this tender and succulent member of the lily family.
- Asparagus is a good source of fiber and protein, both essential for good digestion and immunity.
- It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that protect you from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- It has antioxidants, including one called glutathione, which is known to protect the skin from sun damage, pollution and the effects of aging.
- The Vitamin K in asparagus is excellent for healthy blood clotting and strengthening bones.
- Asparagus contains a unique carb called inulin, which remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine, where it helps to absorb nutrients better, and cut the risk of colon cancer.
- Good news for those struggling to manage their blood sugar: asparagus is a rich source of B vitamins, which are known to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Green asparagus is much more beneficial than white, say reports. The goodness is in the stalk, which contains vitamin A for better vision, potassium for smooth kidney functioning, and trace minerals that help boost immunity.