Health | All the love for Asparagus

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Asparagus is officially in season with chefs and food bloggers now maximising on its freshness in every dish. But why is this little green vegetable being promoted as integral to your diet?

Are you seeing bunches of asparagus dominating the shelves in store or added to more dishes when dining out? Asparagus is officially in season and it is everywhere.

Asparagus has enjoyed a rejuvenation of life in recent years with many categorising it as a raved ‘superfood.’

And there are many reasons why it is such a powerful food in our diets.  Asparagus is an excellent source of fibre, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Indeed, the vitamin K in asparagus is excellent for healthy blood clotting and strengthening bones.

Asparagus also plays a role in helping to fight off cancer such as bone, breast, colon and lung. It is a good source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.

Asparagus is also packed with antioxidants with an ability to neutralise cell-damaging free radicals. This may help slow the aging process, according to research.

It is also known to aid brain functioning. Asparagus delivers folate, which combined with B12, helps cognitive impairment. Research has shown that adults with high levels of both nutrients performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility.

Not all asparagus is green but it is the better option, according to experts. The goodness of asparagus is in the stalk, which contains vitamin A for better vision, potassium for smooth kidney functioning, and trace minerals that helps boost immunity.

Who knew there was so much goodness in asparagus?