Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) are vegetables with long stems crested by premature flower buds. Asparagus can range in colors from green, yellow, purple, and white.
Health Benefits of Asparagus
- Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Cancer Risk
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) Asparagus helps prevent heart disease, and is a good source of inulin: an indigestible carbohydrate that promotes healthy flora in our guts.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Asparagus, and may not necessarily be related to Asparagus.
How to choose Asparagus
Look for firm vibrant stems that are not too thick. Avoid any asparagus that looks wilted or flimsy.
How to store Asparagus
Asparagus should be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge. The stems can be wrapped in a damp cloth or paper towel. Stored this way asparagus will last 7-10 days.
Climate and origin
Asparagus was cultivated by the Romans and still grows wild in Europe, Asia, and North West Africa. Asparagus is a hardy plant that can grow in cold temperate climates. (Zones 3-8 in the U.S.)
Asparagus has a nutty flavor with a crunchy texture. Avoid overcooking asparagus so it does not become mushy.
Some people may experience a strong odor in their urine after eating asparagus. This is because of an inability to break down an enzyme called asparagin, which is completely harmless.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Asparagus + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin A | Lycopene | Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) | Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Vitamin K | Manganese | Iron | Potassium | Copper | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.
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