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June 7, 2012
Asparagus comes to the mind first, along with broccoli and green tea, when thinking about the healthiest natural foods on earth. We can enjoy tender and delicious young spears of asparagus in spring, when the first crops are picked and appear in the market. Known as a low-calorie food and a great source of nutrients, an excellent natural solution to aid weight loss and speed up fat burning, prevent inflammation and enjoy its aphrodisiac effects, asparagus is used in many national cuisines of the world, especially in modern European, Mediterranean and American nations. If you want to learn what are the benefits of asparagus and what kind of health conditions it can protect you form, go on reading this article.
Asparagus health benefits are derived from a very rich nutritional content of this natural food. By consuming asparagus (certainly, prepared by using healthy cooking styles), you provide your body with vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and many vitamin B complex, along with minerals like potassium, iron, zinc, manganese, selenium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and others. Besides, asparagus is a great source of dietary fiber and is very low in sodium, but totally free from fat and cholesterol. This plant has been cultivated by ancient civilizations living over 2,500 years ago, and asparagus health benefits were well known in Ancient Greece, Egypt, and Roman Empire. Asparagus can be consumed raw (i.e. added to your vegetable salad, etc.) or steamed for a few minutes.
The key health benefits of asparagus include the following:
- As a source of natural antioxidants, asparagus can assist in slowing down negative effects of oxidation, this way preventing premature aging and the most of known types of cancer, as well as other aging elated diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, cataract, and many more.
- Vitamin C in this food can help boost the function of the immune system and prevent such a common condition as elevated blood pressure.
- A regular consumption of asparagus is linked to better heart health and lower risks of suffering from many cardiovascular diseases.
- Rich in dietary fiber, asparagus is a very good solution for those who suffer from minor digestive problems like indigestion, constipation, and many more. In addition, asparagus health benefits include creating great environment for healthy bacteria development in our digestive system, this way stimulating healthy digestion and preventing various related infections.
- Low in calories and free from fats or cholesterol, asparagus can be used as an effective weight loss stimulant.
- Vitamin B complex are essential for preventing increased sugar levels, normalizing insulin production and utilization in the body and diabetes mellitus.
- In ancient Auyrvedic medicine, asparagus infusion is used as an excellent natural tonic.
- This food can be recommended as a natural protection against such common ailments as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
- It was found out that this natural food has properties to prevent birth defects and can be particularly used for prevention of neural tube defects.
- Asparagus health benefits include diuretic properties of this natural food which can assist treating or relieving the symptoms of arthritis, fever, PMS-related water retention, and so on.
- According to the findings of Korean scientists, asparagus infusion can be used for detoxification or as one of the natural remedies for hangover.
- Herbal remedies and preparations with asparagus root can be recommended for bladder and kidney stone prevention.
- In early civilizations, asparagus was known as a great natural aphrodisiac.
Learning more facts about this interesting natural superfood can help you understand better what are the benefits of asparagus, what are the advantages of using this natural food on a regular basis, what are the most significant nutritional values and therapeutic properties of the food. Talk to your nutritionist or other professional who can give you more tips and interesting information on how to benefit from adding asparagus to your daily diet.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.