Spring is in the air! Which means one of my favorite vegetables is in season. Asparagus!

I have yet to meet a person that doesn’t like this nutritiously delicious springtime vegetable, but if you are one of those people, I suggest familiarizing yourself with some of the amazing health benefits that this super veggie provides.

Maybe you’ll even decide to pick up some fresh asparagus on your way home today!

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12 Amazing Health Benefits of Asparagus

1. Relieves Bloating. A diet high in sodium can cause bloating. If this is the case, it’s important to consume more potassium rich foods. Asparagus is a great source of potassium and is also low in sodium.

2. Helps Detoxify the Body. Asparagus provides a rich source of potassium. Potassium aids in the removal of toxins from the body.

3. Natural Remedy for Blackheads & Pimples Make an asparagus tea by adding 24 asparagus spears (tough ends removed) to a pot of boiling water. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain asparagus tea and save cooked asparagus for a salad, snack, soup, etc. Use the asparagus tea to cleanse your face morning and evening.

4. Promotes Bowel Regularity. It’s essential that your diet contain adequate amounts of fiber from sources such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Fiber helps sweep out the intestines and promote healthy bowel movements. Asparagus is an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

5. Provides a Rich Source of Folic Acid. Folic acid is also known as vitamin B9. It’s necessary for the utilization of sugar and protein, helps form blood, and is essential for the transmission of our genetic code. Folic acid also prevents defects in newborn babies.

6. Rich in Antioxidants. Asparagus contains good amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, which are all antioxidants. Every diet should include a variety of antioxidant rich foods. Such foods help to protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.

7. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels. Research has shown that regular consumption of asparagus can help keep blood sugar levels stable and improves insulin secretion. This could be especially helpful for those dealing with diabetes.

8. Lowers Bad Cholesterol. The high fiber content in asparagus aids in lowering LDL (the so called “bad” cholesterol) levels.

9. Helps Prevent Birth Defects in Newborns. This is something to consider if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. A diet with adequate levels of folic acid is critical in the development of a healthy fetus.

10. A Good Source of Minerals. A demineralized diet leads to an array of health problems. Our bodies require minerals for optimal health and energy. Every diet should contain a variety of mineralized foods and liquids. Asparagus is a tasty mineral rich vegetable to add into your diet. Other mineral rich food sources include seaweeds, raw nuts and seeds, and superfoods like nettles, raw cacao, blue green algae, hibiscus flower tea, etc.

11. Protects Against Cancer. Asparagus contains a super powerful antioxidant called glutathione. Glutathione is an impotent anitcarcinogen (cancer fighter).

12. A Natural Antidepressant. Feeling blue? Eating asparagus may be the mood booster you need. The folate content in asparagus helps your body produce serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters play a critical role in the way you feel.

Best of Health,

Shahné

What are you favorite ways to eat asparagus? Do you have an all time favorite asparagus recipe? Please comment below 🙂

*Information and statements regarding Nutrition, a Raw Food Diet, and  Superfoods have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.

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