Wild asparagus; source of folates, potassium and antioxidants

Asparagus are one of, nutritively, most balanced sorts of vegetables; they are low caloric and rich with vitamins, minerals and fibres.

Energetic value of 3,5 ounces of asparagus is only 35 calories. Aside from vitamins and minerals, asparagus are particularly rich with sodium and potassium, and many more valuable substances. They are a great source of vitamin B6, sodium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of fibres, proteins, vitamins A, C, K and E, thiamine, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium. Amino acid asparagine got its name from asparagus because asparagus plant is rich with that substance.

Wild asparagus are slightly bitter due to the substances they contain; asparagine, vanillin and spargaurine. They also accelerate rehabilitation after illnesses and have beneficial effect on liver and gall functions, besides, they are diuretics, so they stimulate organism cleansing. They are also rich with lutein, plant pigment which has favourable effect on our blood vessels.

Health guardians

Research which have studied nutritive values of asparagus have shown that they are a low caloric vegetable, but also are a great source of folates, potassium and antioxidants. That makes it an ideal viand for heart health, and being potassium rich it also helps keeping our bones healthy by preventing sodium loss from the bones.

It is believed that they have beneficial effect on gastrointestinal constipation because they are fibre – rich, they are used as a compress for eczema and they are recommendable for diabetics and reconvalescens. They also act as a diuretic and help with urination difficulties, as well as with allaying menstrual problems.

They neutralize ammonium which makes us tired and protect small blood vessels from bursting. Asparagus are one of the richest sources of rutin, flavonoid which reduces cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and strenghtens weak capillaries.

New study shows that amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract can allay drowsiness and protect liver cells from alcohol poisons. Chronic alcohol usage during time causes oxidative stress which leads to liver damage, and over absorbing of alcohol can have haedache, sickness, diarrhea and thirst as its consequence.

They are specially recommendable for pregnant women because they are rich with folic acid, and only five asparagus tips contain 110 milligrams of folic acid (recommended daily dose is 400 milligrams and 600 milligrams for pregnancy). Folic acid helps the body to protect itself from lung cancer, colon cancer and uterus cancer. Asparagus contain strong antioxidant glutathione which protetcts the organism from the free radicals which cause cancer.

They are also rich with inuline, probiotic which stimulates expansion of probiotic bacteria and neutralizes pathogenic bacteria which are in our intestines.

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