The Virtues of Asparagus
Prized since ancient times, one of nature's most perfect foods ~ Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally balanced foods in existence.
Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food. It is one of the highest suppliers of folic acid. A 5oz serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin, which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2500 babies each year.
It is one of the richest sources of rutin, a compound which strengthens capillary walls. Asparagus is also a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A & C, and thiamin.
Many medicinal qualities of Asparagus are linked to the phytonutrients found in its roots and spears, which repeatedly been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and has also been associated with improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar regulation, and better control of blood fat levels.
Asparagus has NO fat, NO cholesterol and very little sodium 5oz serving is less than 20 calories (about 4 calories per spear.)
Know that the larger the diameter, the better the quality. Consume asparagus within 48 hours of purchasing and when you get your asparagus home, either wrap the ends of the bunch with a wet paper towel or sit it in a bowl of water to keep it fresh.