It’s asparagus season, so what better way to celebrate this wonderful time of year by emphasizing just how good this stuff is for you. It tastes great, has a multitude of benefits, and can be cooked in a variety of ways – what more could you ask for from a veggie?
According to Eating Well, asparagus really is a powerhouse veggie. Loaded with nutrients, it is a fantastic source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and further chromium, a mineral that supports the function of insulin within the body. It also has the ability to ward off cancerous cells because of its high levels of glutathione. Glutathione is a compound that aids in breaking down carcinogens and free radicals, meaning eating asparagus could help to protect oneself from developing certain types of cancers. It’s full of antioxidants, which promote overall health and reduce inflammation in the body, and it is a brain booster because of its high levels of folate and Vitamin B 12. Another bonus? Asparagus is rich in an amino acid called asparagine which acts as a natural diuretic, helping the body to rid itself of excess fluids and salts.
My favorite way to prepare and eat asparagus is to toss it in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon juice, lemon zest, and some fresh garlic. Throw it in the oven and broil it for about five minutes, but keep an eye on it because it will burn quickly. It comes out slightly crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, and it is fantastic.
Be careful not to overcook asparagus, though, as it does tend to get a little mushy.
Sure, asparagus may make your urine smell a little funky, but its benefits certainly outweigh its minor drawbacks.
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