It is asparagus season and that means it is spring!
“Keep bees and grow asparagus, watch the tides and listen to the wind instead of the politicians …if you want to live the good life.” – Miriam Waddington, Driving Home, “Advice to the Young”
1. Feeds friendly bacteria: Asparagus is one of the few vegetables containing a carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin promotes the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.
2. Anti-carcinogen: Asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute.
3. The root is used to treat urinary issues as well as kidney and bladder stones.
4. Help with a hangover: Researchers say amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract may ease hangovers and protect liver cells against the toxins in alcohol. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells,” said lead researcher B.Y. Kim, Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea.
5. Is used as a tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.
6. Excellent source of folacin which has been shown to help in the prevention of neural tube defects that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.
7. Has many medicinal properties, according to the ancient Romans.
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