Asparagus has fantastic taste and very positive effects on health.
The line from the above is the best brief description for asparagus, a plant that is adored by so many people and has a history of consumption that dates way back in the Ancient times. Asparagus is also known as the King of Vegetables and it has been consumed and adored even by the French king Louis the Great (Louis XIV).
Asparagus: Health Benefits
There are many reasons to urge you to eat asparagus. Among the so many positive effect asparagus has on health, next are the most important ones.
- Antioxidant – the Glutathione found in asparagus contains 3 amino acids combined into a single molecule that serves as a powerful antioxidant in your body. Along with antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin A (beta-carotene), zinc, Manganese, and selenium, the Glutathione from asparagus fights against the free radicals that cause aging and cell damage.
- Cancer fighter – it is well-known that chronic inflammation and cell oxidation may increase the risks of developing cancer. With anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, asparagus is a perfect fighter against bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian types of cancer.
- Maintain the health of the heart – the folic acid, a complex Vitamin B, is essential for a healthy cardiovascular system and is abundant in asparagus. First of all, folic acid is involved in a biochemical event called the methylation cycle, which allows the correct transcription of the DNA, transforming noradrenaline into adrenaline and serotonin into melatonin. Secondly, folic acid regulates the amino acid homocysteine, which at high levels can be a powerful risk factor for developing heart diseases. Finally, B-group vitamins, such as choline, biotin, and pantothenic acid, balance the blood sugar levels through proper metabolism of sugars and starch.
Besides these important benefits, the asparagus is also known for:
- its aphrodisiac effect – not because of its compounds but rather because of a cumulus of psychological factors. It seems that the suggestive form of asparagus is what actually makes this vegetable a very good aphrodisiac for women.
- its high content of Vitamin K – helps to develop and increase the bone density, thus preventing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K is also essential for the synthesis of osteocalcin, the structural protein in the bones with the role of taking and depositing the calcium exactly where it is needed.
Another substance found in asparagus, called inulin, is extremely beneficial in the development of bacteria that are considered friendly to the body, making the digestion a much easier process.
Asparagus can relieve the hangover symptoms after a night of excess consumption of alcohol, by protecting the amino acids and minerals from the hepatic cells.
Asparagine, another asparagus compound, has a diuretic effect, so it helps us eliminate all the toxins and the excess salt in the body, increases the body’s fatigue strength, and ensures the normal functioning of the liver.
Asparagus also has beneficial effects on the urinary tract, preventing infections and the appearance of kidney stones.
The asparagus consumption presents no risks to humans health but some unpleasant consequences may occur.
- Frequent urination – the asparagus is a significant source of Vitamin C which helps the production of collagen, a protein that helps the skin and bones. Although vitamin C is good for the body, adult women need 75 milligrams a day while 90 milligrams are needed by men but if these amounts are exceeded, frequent urination occurs, which can be annoying sometimes, especially if you’re not home.
- Gasses – although it is normal to eliminate gasses up to 14 times a day, asparagus contains a type of carbohydrate that is hard to decompose because the human body does not have the right enzymes. Thus, bacteria in the intestines must ferment the food in order to remove it. The gasses produced by asparagus are smelly and the flatulence is more frequent than usual.
- The urine has characteristic smell – many people who eat asparagus have noticed that the urine starts to smell even after 15 minutes after eating. This is because of the high level of a sulfur compound that the body uses to break down the asparagus.
Asparagus: Nutrition Facts
The next nutrition facts are taking into consideration 100 grams of asparagus:
Energy – 25 Kcal
Carbohydrates – 3.900 grams
Proteins – 2.200 grams
Asparagus is also rich in Vitamins and minerals:
- Retinol (Vitamin A1)
- Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
- Vitamin E
- Niacin (Vitamin B3)
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