Asparagus? Just How Healthy Are They?

Asparagus Remind Me Of My Parents

Asparagus? Just How Healthy Are They?

 

My parents had pubs in London and when they closed the bars at night, if asparagus were in season, then they’d really enjoy them.

Just steamed, and with some melted butter poured on them, along with some salt and pepper, nothing fancy, but they loved them!

Asparagus Are A Negative-Calorie Vegetable!

100 g / 3 oz of fresh asparagus spears contain only 20 calories.

And more calories will be burnt to digest them than will be gained, which places them into the category of low calorie or negative-calorie vegetables!

How Do Asparagus Affect Our Health?

Asparagus shoots are rich in the B-complex group of vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid, all of which are essential to maintain optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.

Scientific studies have shown that an adequate consumption of folates in the diet during the pre-conception period and during early pregnancy, helps prevents neural tube defects in the newborn baby.

Fresh asparagus contain a fair amount of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E.

Asparagus are a good source of vitamin K and provide about 35% of the recommended daily (or dietary) allowance (RDA).

Vitamin K promotes osteotrophic (bone formation) activity, and adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet also help limit neuronal damage to the brain, and may aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Asparagus shoots contain a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that can help protect you from type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Asparagus also contain a unique carb called inulin, which remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine, thereby aiding the better absorption of nutrients.

Asparagus increases urine output and is therefore used to treat urinary tract infections and other conditions of the urinary tract that cause pain and swelling.

Asparagus contain moderate levels of dietary-fiber with 100 g / 3 oz of fresh spears providing 2.1 g of roughage/dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber helps control constipation, decreased bad (LDL) cholesterol and aids in the regulation of blood sugar levels.

Several studies indicate that a high-fiber diet reduces colon-rectal cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from being absorbed.

 

Click to see chart showing all the vitamins and minerals in cooked asparagus.

Is Asparagus An Aphrodisiac?

Asparagus is/are rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which boost arousal and orgasm so maybe they are ;-)

Maybe give them a try!

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2 Comments

  1. Rafael February 12, 2014 2:04 am Reply

    Another great article Michael. Thank you! It’s been a while since I last had some asparagus and I definitely notice the benefits. I’ll go after some again tomorrow, no doubt!
    Thanks for taking the time doing this research, sharing and informing people that we are what we eat, and good food can never be compared to the (often immoral) profit-making medicines.
    Well done! :-)

    http://Www.Learn-Portuguese-with-rafa.com

    • Michael Redbourn February 12, 2014 2:12 am Reply

      Thanks for the high praise!

      Asparagus are in the shops in Portugal right now!

      And I’ll buy some tomorrow too!

      http://survivor-story.com/

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