Because nutrition is so much more than vitamins and minerals, it's important to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. New properties continue to be discovered in various plant based foods, and now there is evidence that asparagus is especially healthy for the cardiovascular system by lowering blood pressure.
ACE inhibitors are often prescribed for high blood pressure. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors prevent the enzyme from producing angiotensin II in the body, which constricts the blood vessels and raises blood pressure. ACE inhibitors help relax blood vessels, preventing them from narrowing and causing high blood pressure. Researchers have found that asparagus contains an ACE inhibitor identified as 2-hydroxynicotianamine which has been shown to lower blood pressure and help preserve kidney function.
Asparagus also provides many anti inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients and is an excellent source of Vitamins K, A, B1, and C, as well as folate, iron, copper, and tryptophan.
Including asparagus in the diet can contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system. Allrecipes.com offers many pages of asparagus recipes. And for the gardeners, Kathy Huber gives tips, in the Chronicle, for growing asparagus in the Houston area.
If you have high blood pressure, it is important that you follow your doctor's advice to find the best treatment plan for you.