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Asparagus contains large amounts of glutathione, a small protein composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Glutathione has been called the “master antioxidant” and is one of the keys to a healthy immune system. Glutathione removes toxins from cells, protects against radiation, and is a potent cancer fighter! It also binds to fat-soluble toxins so it’s an excellent detoxifier.
Asparagus, next to orange juice, is regarded as the second best whole foods source of folic acid (also known as vitamin B9 or folate). Folic acid is known to lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, liver disease, and spina bifida. It also r...
The carbohydrate called “inulin” in asparagus prevents the growth of bad gut bacteria and stimulates the growth of good gut bacteria.
Asparagus is also rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, both of which are cancer-blocking vitamins, as well as the mineral selenium. These three nutrients have been singled out in several studies as potent cancer fighters. Asparagus is also one of the richest sources of rutin (a bioflavonoid compound which strengthens capillary walls and increases circulation to the lower limbs by increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood) and also contains chromium (a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells).
One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic. So…the next time you pass the asparagus in your supermarket produce section, stop and give those stems a chance!