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Nutritional Benefits Obtained From Asparagus

Updated on November 10, 2012
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It may not look like it, but asparagus is part of the same plant family as flowering lily-of-the-valley. It is also considered to be a delicacy for hundreds of years. Even if you do not think it is a luxury food, you should still include it in your diet. It is a very healthy food.


In one spear of Asparagus, there are four cancer fighters. They include Vitamin A, Folate, FOS, and Vitamin C. Each of these nutrients has been shown to fight cancer in several studies.


In a study in Sweden, nonsmokers who ate the most vitamin A were much less likely to develop stomach cancer. Half a cup of asparagus contains 18 percent of the vitamin A you need daily.


Folate helps prevent two types of cancer. If you include large amounts of this nutrient in your diet you can lower your risk of pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, it has to come from food and not supplements. It has also been found that low folate levels can trigger cancer-starting changes.


FOS is short for fructooligosaccharides. You body uses this nutrient to make fatty acid butyrate. And, then, together, these two substances trigger several processes that will keep you from developing colon cancer.


The fourth cancer fighting nutrient found in asparagus is vitamin C. In addition to helping with your immune system, it can block the formation of cancer-causing substances such as nitrosamines in foods. If you have enough vitamin C in your stomach, it can reduce the danger of stomach cancer.


Asparagus also has two nutrients that will help keep your eyes healthy. Vitamin A is very important to your vision. And, it will help protect your retinas from free radicals. This will help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, night blindness and many other problems. Glutathione is another component of asparagus that will help vision. It is mainly helpful in preventing cataracts.


Vitamin K will help your bones stay strong. Asparagus is a delicious way to keep this nutrient in your body. It will help your body make proteins, called osteocalcin, that are essential to strong bones. Be careful if you take a blood thinner, however. Vitamin K is also a blood thinner.


There are many ways to prepare asparagus. You can get added health benefits if you use olive oil and lemon juice while steaming your asparagus spears. Hopefully, you will be able to find a method that is appealing to your and your family.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    6 years ago from South Carolina

    Great hub on the benefits of eating asparagus. It is also a natural diuretic but the main reason I eat it is because I love the way it tastes!

    Voted up, useful and interesting.

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