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8 Health Benefits of Asparagus

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8 Health Benefits of Asparagus

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”

Health Benefits:

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.

8. Easy Weight Loss: Like many vegetables, asparagus has very low sugar content, zero fat, a low glycemic index, smart carbs and lots of fiber.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Just love asparagus, so very green and tasty even when raw. Love it when sprinkled with fresh lemon juice, almonds and sometimes grated cheddar cheese.

A green delight. Yes, one person said that eating any veggie is a good thing but there are some veggies one has to keep an eye on. Even though I munch on raw broccoli, it is best cooked as the raw in this case can interfere with thyroid function/metabolism--yet will always take some of that raw despite this.

As for asparagus love this tender green veggie either raw or cooked. And yes, one does find that there is an odour after urinating, one friend says she never smells it but I bet there is - so very distinctive-- it is but will not deter me from eating this lovely veggie!

4:12AM PDT on May 24, 2012

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1:02PM PDT on May 23, 2012

When my doctor said I should eliminate all grains from my diet it didn't sound good. But after a few short weeks I started to get my energy back. The difference is remarkable! No longer have bloating and people have mentioned how much healthier and slimmer I look. Some people say it's hard to adjust to a gluten diet, but I have had a wonderful time trying out all the new foods and methods of cooking.
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10:32AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks for the nutrition info.

4:37PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Great stuff!

9:52AM PDT on May 14, 2012

i LOVE asparagus. i just wish they had a longer growing season. btw, i didn't know they squeak when fresh...thanks for the tip!

1:10AM PDT on May 11, 2012

Yummy to grill too! It's one of the veggies I love to drown in Lemon juice and just a grinder twist of sea salt. Noms!

5:59AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Asparagus is pretty easy to grow, is a perennial veg, doesn't take a lot of room to grow & best eaten raw. Mine rarely gets a chance to get to the kitchen.

11:39AM PDT on May 7, 2012

i love asparagussss

5:16PM PDT on May 6, 2012

Thanks.

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