Asparagus seems to be overlooked way too many times in the market. It is a highly nutritious and healing food that has been grown for over 5,000 years. Some people say that asparagus is good healing food and there is plenty research to prove that.
This wonderful vegetable is low in calories and high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamin A, B, C, E, and K, a great deal of minerals such as iron and copper for anemia, and of course it is a wonderful source of tryptophan for a good night's rest. Many naturopaths and healers call this the wonder vegetable and for good reasons.
Studies show that asparagus balances insulin, which helps with diabetes. It contains inulin, which helps to feed friendly bacteria in the large intestine which can help prevent yeast overgrowth promotes a healthy digestive system therefore boosting your immune system and could prevent colon disease and colon cancer. More studies of course need to be conducted.
This wonderful vegetable is shaped like a spear as if it was used as a weapon to fight off infections, autoimmune disorders and helps prevent cognitive impairment. Asparagus contains antioxidants that may prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. It is one of nature's great detoxing agents. Not only does it fight off illness, for those who have arthritis and other joint disorders, asparagus contains anti-inflammatory agents that can help heal naturally.
If you are not convinced to eat and enjoy asparagus yet, keep in mind it is one of the best, natural artery-clearing foods around. Author Shane Ellison writes, "Asparagus works within the 100,000 miles of veins and arteries to release pressure, thereby allowing the body to accommodate for inflammation that has accumulated over the years.” It also helps ward off deadly blood clots.
Eating ½ cup serving of asparagus provides a full range essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that can help with other ailments such as blood pressure, constipation, kidney function, kidney stones, PMS, weight loss and more.
So next time you go to the market try not to overlook asparagus as it is good healing food. If you live in the Tucson area you can get fresh asparagus at Sprouts or Whole Foods. Even some of the local farmers market will carry it on a good spring day.