Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic
The Reasons Asparagus Keeps Us Healthy:
- For detoxification – asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium/cup. Which is known for reducing belly fat. It also contains 3 grams of fiber, which cleanses the digestive system. According to a clinical dietician at UCLA Medical Center, asparagus in the ultimate in detox vegetables.
- For anti-aging purposes – asparagus is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and folate. It is also very high in glutathione – an amino acid compound with potent antioxidant properties.
- As an aphrodisiac – the asparagus is considered a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac because of its shape. It is said to trigger the mind to have a physiological response. The French word for asparagus is asperge; a slang word for penis.
- Against cancer – asparagus in high in folate, which is now known to be an important protection against cancer.
- Reducing pain and inflammation – folate helps reduce inflammation.
- Preventing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis – asparagus has high levels vitamin K which studies have shown can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes.
- Reducing the risk of heart disease – folate has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Preventing birth defects – getting enough folate is especially important for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Having a folate deficiency has been correlated with increased risk of Spina Bifida (a spinal cord birth defect) and also anencephaly (a neural tube defect). Folate helps to regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation and may also help to prevent premature births.
Additionally, studies have shown that the nutritional benefits of asparagus can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones. You may notice some asparagus spears are thick and some are thin. The thick
You may notice some asparagus spears are thick and some are thin. The thick ones are best for roasting or steaming. I find steaming the best and also very quick. The thin spears are ideal for the grill or if you are planning to sauté. For optimum health benefits it is suggested that asparagus be eaten raw. Before eating, the woody stem should be removed from both the thick spears and the thin. Peel only the thick spears before cooking.