Asparagus is a low-calorie, high-fiber vegetable filled with nutrients which make it a natural addition to a healthy diet, especially if one is interested in losing weight. However, it can improve the health of your heart as well. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood, usually derived from eating meat. High levels of homocysteine are often indicative of heart disease and may cause damaged blood vessels, blood clotting in the veins, which can all damage the heart. The B-vitamins in asparagus, especially folate, all help convert homocysteine into a safer molecule and thus reduce the damage caused to the heart.
Asparagus also has a beneficial influence on the body’s production of glutathione, an antioxidant which helps combat inflammation and remove the free radicals which can lead to clogged or blocked arteries. Glutathione will also combat cancerous cells and promote strong bones. Asparagus is a very good source of vitamin K which work to prevent hardening of the arteries and reduce calcium build-up in the arteries. Eat this tasty vegetable on a regular basis as much as possible. You can eat it as an appetizer or side dish and is a wonderful addition to a salad.
Apart from the damage that over-cooking will do to the health benefits of the vegetable, asparagus is a tender plant so treat it gently. It is best served lightly steamed or sauteed. A little olive oil, which has its own health benefits, goes very nicely together. Asparagus comes in three varietals, white, green or purple. While they are all great, the purple one has the edge in terms of nutrients. Although not associated with how the vegetable tastes, some people pick up a strange smell in their urine after eating asparagus. This does not indicate anything harmful at all.