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Asparagus Health Benefits

Introduction:

 

Asparagus is classified under lily family and first planted in South Europe more than two thousands years ago. Out of the hundreds species of Asparagus, only few species can be eaten, the green or greenish purple types are the most common types of Asparagus that we usually get from the market and another type is in white color.

 

Asparagus is available through out the year but actually it is best to serve during its season - spring. Asparagus is harvested when it reach 6 to 8 inches height by hand. Therefore, Asparagus is comparatively expensive than other vegetables most of the time.

Asparagus has a long history of being used as vegetable as well as medicine. It is tender in texture and contained valuable diuretic elements. Asparagus is a nutrient-gifted vegetable, it high rich in folic acid, fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and K.

 

 

Nutrition and Healthy Benefits of Asparagus:

 

There are so many Asparagus health benefits found by the nutrition and proved by various types of researches. It is a great anti-aging and detoxication vegetable. Incorporated Asparagus regularly in our healthy diet for its amazing health benefits.

  • Weight Lose - Asparagus contains high dietary fiber but very low in calories, carbohydrate and sodium. It is a good source of nutrient. Asparagus is an excellent choice for those planning for losing weight.

  • Anti-Aging - An amino acid found in Asparagus, Asparagine acts as detox-agent to clean up the waste materials from our body. Other anti-aging properties such as Potassium, Vitamin A and folate help our body to flight with free-radicals.

  • Prevent Liver Disease - Rich in folic acid which helps in cell formation and works great to prevent liver disease.

  • Prevent Birth Defects/ Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) - Folic acid in Asparagus is an important supplement for pregnant women or women who planned for pregnancy.

  • Against Heart Disease and Types 2 Diabetes - Several researches shown that Asparagus is a good source of reducing chronic disease especially for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

  • Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis - Vitamin K in Asparagus helps in bone repair and reformation.

  • Reduce Muscle Plain and Inflammatory - Potassium in Asparagus helps in muscle recovery and prevent cramping.

  • Kidney Disease - Asparagus works effectively to treat kidney stone.

  • Diuretic - Asparagus juice help to prevent and treat urinary inflections.

  • Against Cancer - Able to protect our body to against cancers.

 

Nutritional Facts:

 

100gm raw Asparagus

Calories

20

Sodium

2mg

Carbohydrate

4g

Dietary Fiber

2g

Sugar

2g

Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids

10mg

Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids

40mg

Protein

2g

Vitamin A

756U

Vitamin C

5.6mg

Vitamin K

41.6mcg

Niacin

1mg

Folate

52mg

Pantothenic Acid

0.3mg

Choline

16mg

Betaine

0.6mg

Calcium

24mg

Magnesium

14mg

Phosphorus

52mg

Potassium

202mg

Pyhosterols

24mg

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How to Choose Asparagus?

  • Choose fresh and green Asparagus.

  • Look for Asparagus with firm and straight stalks.

  • Pick those tips are round, small and closed. Look for either green or purple color tips.

  • Check thoroughly to avoid bruised Asparagus.

  • Avoid those with woody stalks.

  • Thin Asparagus not necessary tender than thick Asparagus.

 

How to Store Asparagus?

  • Do not wash Asparagus if you have no intention to cook it immediately.

  • Roughly clear the dirt stain on the surface with a wet tower.

  • Use a wet paper towel to wrap around the bottom of asparagus stalks and put it into a clean plastic bag.

  • Put the Asparagus into the refrigerator.

  • Store the Asparagus not more than three days for better texture and tender.

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