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Special power of Asparagus

Asparagus is a fleshy vegetable with spear bud-like compact head with unique and strong taste, famous since ancient times. This highly prices vegetable belongs to the lily family (Liliaceae). The French asparagus is purple, the British and American varieties are green, and the Spanish and Dutch asparagus is white. It grows beneath the soil, when the tip reaches 6-8 inch harvesting begins. Asparagus pack a nutritional punch, with nutrients such as vitamin A and C, Potassium, iron and calcium, fibre and minerals. The vegetable has numerous health benefits like heart, digestion, anti-cancer properties etc.

Benefits of Asparagus
Fruits and vegetables help to reduce the risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Studies reveal that vegetable like asparagus decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and increases energy and also help reduce weight.  It is a best source of folate, the intake of which is important during pregnancy, infancy and adolescence.

Digestive support
Asparagus is a highly digestive support vegetable. It contain significant amount of unique insulin, healthcare practitioners refer it as “prebiotic’.  It helps to promote the growth of healthy bacteria like Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. It is rich in fibre and water content, which helps to prevent constipation, maintains a healthy digestive tract and lowers the risk of colon cancer.

Maintains healthy heart
Asparagus is an excellent source of folic acid, vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, as well as niacin, choline, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. The B-vitamin and fibre helps to lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.

Anti cancer effect
The presence of strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrient in asparagus help to reduce certain cancers. The studies show low level of folate intake, reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. The combination of amino acid with folate and vitamin B6 in asparagus has shown to have cancer –fighting properties. Adequate intake of dietary folate helps in protecting against colon, stomach, pancreatic and cervical cancers.

Diabetes prevention
According to scientific researchers regular intake of asparagus keeps blood sugar level under control and boost insulin production, which helps to absorb glucose. The Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from body’s inability to make enough insulin. A number of studies have found that asparagus conception help to control type 2 diabetes. It helps in insulin secretion, which helps to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Antioxidant vegetable with anti-inflammatory effect
This tender and tasty vegetable has unique combination of antiinflammatory and antioxidant nutrients that helps to remove toxins from the body.  It slows down aging process and keeps skin young and healthy. The antioxidant nutrients found in asparagus are vitamin C, Vitamin E and beta carotene as well as minerals like zinc, selenium and magnesium. These nutrients are very powerful and help to reduce the risk of heart problems and type 2 diabetes.

Folic Acid source
Folate is a vital nutrient for the development of new cells and asparagus is a rich source of folate. Adequate folate intake reduces the risk of spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the spine and brain. It is an important nutrient throughout pregnancy. It decreases the risk of neural-tube defects, also involved in the formation of red and white blood cells and prevents anaemia. It helps to prevent nervous system defects in babies.