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5 Reasons To Eat Asparagus

Updated on March 23, 2013

1. Asparagus Is Great For Digestive Health

Asparagus promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in our large intestine and colon that keep harmful bacteria at bay. Asparagus is also a decent source of fiber which helps keep the digestive system healthy. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic and can help with problems related to swelling and water retention as well as aid in detoxification.

2. Asparagus Is Good For Your Heart

Asparagus is a good source of folic acid, which may help control high levels of a harmful blood chemical called homocysteine which is a risk factor for heart disease. Asparagus is also a source of insoluble fiber which has been shown to lower heart disease risk. Asparagus is also good for the heart because it contains powerful antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Asparagus May Help Prevent Birth Defects

Asparagus is a great source of folate which is important in the early stages of pregnancy. Inadequate folate during pregnancy has been linked to numerous birth defects, so it's essential that pregnant women eat folate rich foods such as asparagus to make sure they are getting enough.

4. Asparagus May Help Fight Cancer

Asparagus is a good source of glutathione, one of the body's most important antioxidants that can help detoxify the body and protect the cells against damaging free radicals. A study has also shown that specific compounds in asparagus may help to inhibit the growth of leukemia cells.

5. Asparagus Can Help Slow The Aging Process

Asparagus is loaded with powerful antioxidants which help slow the aging process. Asparagus is also rich in B-vitamins that can help our brains fight cognitive decline.

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      Claire 

      5 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      I had never had asparagus until a few years ago and now I love it. Yum.

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      Robyn D Bera 

      5 years ago from California

      I just planted an asparagus bush about a month ago. Hopefully we'll be harvesting within a few years time. Great and informative hub. Voted up!

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      collegedad 

      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Asparagus is a "super food" in more ways than one. Here in the Upper Peninsula we harvest wild asparagus, which is always a treat. Voted up!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. And let us not forget 6) asparagus is good.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I love to eat asparagus with sambal but expensive to purchase. Good to know the benefits. Voted up

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