For centuries asparagus has been consumed for medicinal purposes due to its array of wonderful health properties. Asparagus is a fantastic source of antioxidants and carries a unique range of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Asparagus provides superb digestive support. It is one of a few vegetables (including chicory and artichokes) that contain inulin. This special type of fibre passes undigested through to our large intestine and provides food for our beneficial bacteria. This will allow our healthy bacteria to flourish and consequently strengthen our immune system and optimise digestive health.
Asparagus is an outstanding food for heart health and blood sugar balancing. Its unique combination of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and antioxidants help to reduce the risk of these chronic health conditions and provide anti- cancer properties.
Additionally, the B vitamins and choline play an important role in the breakdown of starches and sugars, aiding the regulation of blood sugar. Furthermore, these particular nutrients contribute to a healthy heart by reducing our homocysteine levels. (High levels of this substance can be a risk factor to heart disease.)
Asparagus can be enjoyed in a host of ways; in salads, stir-fries and frittatas; steamed and topped with a poached egg, blended into a soup or simply combined with gorgonzola and hazelnuts to create a delicious aromatic risotto.
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