Health Benefits of Asparagus | Nutritional Facts of Asparagus

Health Benefits of Asparagus

There are many reasons which may compel you to have asparagus on your plate on a regular basis. Queen Nefertiti of Egypt, named asparagus the “food of gods,” Tender and succulent, this herb is cultivated since long for its edible and tasty shoots. This green veggie is loaded with minerals and vitamins, like vitamin K, E, C, A and B6, and is also packed with calcium, iron, copper, protein and the much-needed fiber.

10 Health Benefits of Asparagus & Nutritional Facts of Asparagus:

Health Benefits of Asparagus

Health Benefits of Asparagus

1. Helps in Meting Weight Loss Targets:

Since it is low in calories and fats, it will assist you in achieving your ideal weight. It is loaded with insoluble and soluble fiber and makes you feel full in between meals. Soluble fibers are a form of water soluble carbohydrates. When they interact with water, they form a gel, which leads to the slowing of the digestion process and delaying in the emptying of the stomach. This makes one feel fuller for a longer time. Also, they promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and aids digestion. Five spears of asparagus is loaded with only 20 calories!!

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Asparagus also treats constipation as it is rich in soluble fibers. Research also consolidates the role of soluble fiber in lowering the blood glucose levels.

2. Loaded with Antioxidants

Want to have skin like your favorite actor or actress then start eating Asparagus. It is one of the leading vegetables for its capacity to neutralize the cell damaging free radicals. Hence it also helps in slowing the aging process.

3. Contains Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that helps in strengthening the immune system and asparagus is rich in it.

4. Helps in Fighting Bloating

Asparagus helps in beating bloating and promoting digestion. It has no sodium and is a natural diuretic. It helps in flushing the extra liquid and toxins out of the system. It contains amino acid asparagines, which help the body to get rid of excess salt from one’s system. I strongly recommend it for people who are suffering from high blood pressure and edema.

5. Source of Folic Acid

Folic acid helps our body in maintain, produce new cells and metabolize amino acids. It is a type of vitamin B. Deficiency in folic acid during pregnancy results in fetal malformations like neural tube defects etc. Folic acid helps in nucleic acid synthesis. Hence pregnant females should regularly incorporate asparagus in their regular diet as it is rich in folic acid. Folate plays a vital role in fertility in both women and men. It is necessary for spermatogenesis.

Health Benefits of Asparagus

Health Benefits of Asparagus

6. Rich in Vitamin K

Vitamin K is essential for proper bone health. It helps in absorption of calcium and is needed for increasing and maintaining required bone density. One cup of asparagus fulfills 70 percent of our daily requirement of vitamin K. Thus, to prevent osteoporosis and faster healing of bone fractures you should consume asparagus.
Likewise, vitamin K is vital in blood clotting; it inhibits arterial calcification and stiffening of arteries.

7. Boosts your Spirits

Since asparagus is loaded with folate, it helps in boosting your mood. Low levels of folate and vitamin B12 have a direct relation with depression and helps our brain in fighting cognitive decline.

9. Fight against cancer

Asparagus has anti-inflammatory health benefits; it has antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals and prevents inflammation. Purple asparagus has anthocyanins, which helps in significant reduction in toxic elements responsible for damage due to exposure to UV radiation. Since it is rich in glutathione, which is a detoxifier, it helps in breaking down carcinogenic compounds.

10. Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

The antioxidants and soluble fibers found in asparagus help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Antioxidant helps in removing inflammation because of diabetes and soluble fiber aids in absorption of glucose

Improves Blood Sugar Level

Blood Sugar Level

Asparagus does not have any life threatening ill effects; it can be uncomfortable for few people because of noticeable smell in urine and gas. Eating asparagus causes urinary odor because it contains a compound called asparagusic acid, which when metabolized gives off a pungent smell.
Few people who are allergic to members of the lily family like chives, garlic, and onions can be allergic to asparagus as well. In such cases avoid consuming asparagus.

Symptoms of allergy may include trouble in breathing, swelling, and puffiness around lips and mouth, hives, runny nose. If you experience any of such symptoms immediately see your doctor.

Dr. Reena Prajapat
Dr Reena Prajapat is a dentist, she post graduated in hospital management from Apollo Institute of hospital Administration, Hyderabad. Her strong belief in natural and home remedies lead her to Pursue bachelor in naturopathy.