Asparagus: Another Nutrition Powerhouse

Fresh asparagus tastes better and retains more nutritional value. Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, folate, inulin, and glutathione. What are the benefits of these nutrients? Here are ten ways asparagus can improve your health and wellness:

 

 

  1. Helps relieve symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism.
  2. Helps relieve symptoms of PMS.
  3. Prevents progression of cataracts.
  4. Helps control blood sugar.
  5. A great source of folic acid in pregnancy.
  6. Reduces acidity in blood.
  7. Helps prevent and dissolve kidney stones.
  8. Strengthens the heart.
  9. Cancer prevention.

Selection:

Since aparagus’ nutrients deteriorate quickly, it’s best to purchase what you need and consume it within a day or two.

Look for thin, tender spears that are dark green, shiny and straight, not bent. The tips should be tightly closed and green or purplish. The cut end of the stalk should be smooth and moist.

Skip white asparagus. It’s just green asparagus that’s been buried in soil so it never sees daylight. It’s tougher in texture and only has 1/7 the antioxidants as the green.

The best asparagus will come from your local Farmer’s Markets. Look for farmers who display their asparagus on ice; they’ll be the most tender because not chilling them makes the toughen.

Storage:

As mentioned above, asparagus is best when eaten on the day you purchase it so that the nutrients aren’t lost and flavor hasn’t deteriorated. If you plan to keep it for a day or two store is in a microperforated bag. It’ll last only a few days at the most.

 

Preparation:

Asparagus is best steamed; it only takes five minutes and increases its antioxidant value by 30%

But Why Does My Pee Smell So Bad After I Eat Asparagus?

Studies show 40 percent of people said they could smell the odor in their urine after eating asparagus, and 60 percent said they could not; more women than men.

The odor is due to your body’s reaction to some of the natural chemicals found in the green stalks. Scientists aren’t exactly sure which chemical or chemicals are responsible for creating the odor, but it’s probably due to some of the sulfur-containing compounds found in asparagus