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7 Amazing Health Benefits of Asparagus

7 Amazing Health Benefits of Asparagus

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.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:01PM PDT on May 17, 2013

I love it. My son and bf hate it though

5:23AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Let's refresh ourselves with the spring

6:11PM PDT on Mar 10, 2013

Mmmmm.....love asparagus!!

9:43PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Good to know.

9:09PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

may try to grow some...hear it is not easy. thanks for the article

3:15PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

thnx for this

6:49AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I love asparG

6:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I love asparagus

11:19PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

thanks

10:57PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

I know how beneficial asparagus is, but I just cannot stomach the smell

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