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It is Asparagus Time, What are You Waiting for?

Added May 7, 2017, Under: Health, Nutrition, Top 10

Photo of a farmer holding a freshly cut bunch of organic asparagus in his hand. The piece of cane is his hand shows the minimum length that the asparagus must reach before they are harvested. The focus is on the asparagus he is holding and he is wearing a faded blue tunic that contrasts nicely with the green of the asparagus and gives a nice area for copy space. Horizontal format.

It is asparagus season once more here in the northern hemisphere and who could not be tempted by the sweet and delicious flavour of this super food.

We share the top ten health benefits of asparagus

  1. Packed with good vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, folic, iron, copper, calcium protein and fiber.
  2. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, helping strengthen the immune system and protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals.
  3. Asparagus is naturally low in fat and calories.
  4. Full of soluble and insoluble fiber.  When fiber is digested slowly, your body feels full in between meals, helping to avoid constipation.
  5. High levels of the amino acid, asparagine, making it a natural diuretic, helping flush excess fluid and salt from your body. This can help prevent urinary tract infections.
  6. Helps to fight that feeling of being bloated because asparagus helps promote overall digestive health while encouraging a healthy balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract.  This will help reduce bloating while flushing excess liquid to combat belly bulge.
  7. The B vitamin folate lifts your spirits and helps combat irritability.  There is a connection between low levels of folate and vitamin B12 in those suffering from depression.
  8. Asparagus also contains high levels of tryptophan.  This is an amino acid that has been similarly linked to improved mood.
  9. This vegetable can ease the after effects of too much alcohol – namely a hangover! And finally…
  10. Asparagus is one of the quickest of all veggies to cook, reach perfection and serve.  We share more information on buying, storing and cooking here.

Just a couple of miles from our home here in Somerset is an actual asparagus farm so you can go to their “farm shop” to buy freshly picked bunches of asparagus for the duration of their season.  What a great treat!

Last year, we started our own asparagus bed on our allotment.  It is quite a long term project as it takes about 3 years before a decent crop is achieved.  We are halfway there!

And when the asparagus season on that local farm is over, their cherries are not far behind.

 

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