Delectably crisp and sweet, fresh, green asparagus is a well-loved vegetable. There are a few hundred varieties of asparagus, but only a small number is edible. Even though it is available during the entire year, asparagus is mostly found and best in spring.
The most common variety that most people eat is green or greenish purple in color. However, there is also a white variety, grown underground. We have to say that compared to other vegetables, asparagus is more expensive simply because it is produced in small volumes and it is harvested by hand.
Asparagus is alkaline in nature. It is low in calories and carbohydrates. It is a great source of protein, folate, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K, and vitamin B complex. It is also packed with dietary fiber, niacin, and phosphorus. An impressive fact is that this vegetable has the calcium and magnesium in the perfect ratio of 2:1.
Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus is rich in asparagine, an amino acid that can cleanse the body of waste material. For that reason, some people’s urine may have a foul odor after consuming asparagus. However, you should not be worried if this happens. Just be happy that this is cleansing your kidneys.
Being an excellent source of many beneficial nutrients, asparagus has the ability to treat various ailments:
Acidity, Blood: It’s high alkalinity reduces acidity in the blood and cleans both tissues and muscles of any waste.
Arthritis and Rheumatism: Asparagus contains a phytochemical with anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve arthritis and rheumatism.
Bowel movement: Regular consumption of asparagus promotes regular bowel movements due to its dietary fiber and mild laxative effect.
Cancer: Asparagus is an excellent source of glutathione which helps prevent cancer.
Cataracts: Glutathione and antioxidants in asparagus promote eye health and stop the progression of cataracts.
Diabetes/Hypoglycemia: The mineral content in asparagus juice is beneficial for controlling blood sugar levels.
Diuretic: Asparagus is a diuretic veggie and its efficacy is more enhanced when it is taken in juice form.
Heart disease: Drinking asparagus juice along with raw honey three times daily strengthens a weak heart.
Kidneys: The combination of alkaline and diuretic effects hoes prevent kidney stones or dissolve them.
Liver: Chlorophyll and the other phytonutrients in asparagus are ideal for detoxifying the liver.
PMS symptoms: Magnesium in asparagus relieves depression and irritability while the diuretic effect relieves bloating and swelling.
Pregnant women: The calcium and folate content in asparagus reduces the risk of low birth weight and birth defects.
Asparagus and kidney health
Asparagus is most well known for boosting kidney and bladder health. The rich phytonutrients go deep into the organs to scrub out toxins. Some of the specific actions of asparagus for the renal system are:
Increases urine’s production
Supports kidney and bladder functions
Cleanses the kidneys and bladder
Ensures smooth urination flow
Removes toxins and bacteria
Breaks up uric acid
It is very important to buy straight asparagus, with firm stalks. It is recommended to eat the asparagus fresh. However, if you have to store, make sure to keep it dry and tightly-wrapped in a plastic bag for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Eat asparagus for the dietary fiber it contains. However, you can also make asparagus juice. Make sure to use the tough stem ends!
When cooking asparagus, do not boil it, but lightly steam. This will preserve the sodium and other minerals found in this vegetable.