You’ve probably seen this rubbery green vegetable in countless healthy eating pictures and videos – Well for good reason! This stubby green stick is not only super quick to cook and prepare, but it’s a wonder food and filled to the brim with health benefits. As a student it really is the perfect way to get all the important nutrients I miss elsewhere, in the time it takes to load up my laptop (well, not quite – but it is fast). Below is only a few from a long list of health impacts that can be associated with eating asparagus.
Packed With Nutrients
The green veggie is packed with good vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as . Thanks to all these nutrients, asparagus offers some serious health perks. Some of which include; helping blood to clot, supporting the immune system and improved brain function! A well-deserved super food in my eyes.
Lowered Risk of Depression
Folate may also help ward off depression by preventing an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body; homocysteine can block blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Researchers have found a connection between low levels of folate and vitamin B12 in people who are suffering from depression, leading some docs to prescribe daily doses of both vitamins to patients with depression.
It’s one of the top ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralise cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the ageing process. When preparing asparagus, try not to either overcook or under cook it. Although cooking the veggie helps activate its cancer-fighting potential, letting it boil or sauté for too long can negate some nutritional benefits
Helps Weight Loss
Asparagus is very low in fat and calories but it also contains lots of soluble and insoluble fibre, making it a good choice if you’re trying to lose weight. Because, your body digests fibre slowly, it keeps you feeling full in between meals and makes you feel satiated. This prevents snacking and reduces the risk of cheap sugary foods being consumed. Fibre also helps reduce cholesterol, therefore reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease – a double whammy benefit!
Yes, eating asparagus does make your pee smell but actually if you look past that it does actually contain high levels of the amino acid asparagine, making it a natural diuretic. This helps flush excess fluid and salt from your body, which may help prevent urinary tract infections. So, it’s not all bad.