It’s good news for your health – meet the humble asparagus

By Lucy, Health Reporter

Did you know the brilliant little vegetable asparagus has been used as a medicinal vegetable for 2,500 years!

We read a lot about health these days so don’t overlook this unusual looking veg.

We are all encouraged to eat more vegetables and this one is a powerhouse of health benefits.

According to the BBC website, 

1 Asparagus Supports gut health

Asparagus is one of a number of vegetables that act as a prebiotic, feeding the beneficial bacteria which live in our digestive systems, helping them thrive and increase in number.

Encouragingly, research has shown that cooked asparagus may be useful in gastrointestinal conditionsas it helps to regulate the digestive system, thereby reducing inflammation and promoting repair.

2 Asparagus is a rich source of folate

Asparagus is a rich source of folate, a vitamin which is important for making red blood cells and for cell division.

3 Asparagus may help relieve inflammatory conditions

Not only is asparagus rich in vitamins like vitamins C and E but it also contains plant compounds called polyphenols, all of which have anti-inflammatory effects, and is why eating asparagus may relieve inflammatory conditions.

4 Asparagus may lower blood pressure

It’s understood that increasing your potassium intake while reducing salt has a positive effect on high blood pressure. Asparagus is a good source of potassium, with one portion providing about 5% of your daily reference intake (RI).

This powerhouse also contains

Vitamin A

Vitamin B1 B2 B3  B6 and b12

Copper Iron and potassium 

This veggie can even make you look younger due to the presence of Vitamin A beta-carotene and other antioxidants.

So give your health a boost today with this amazing veggie. See here for more health articles

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