Asparagus and it's Health Benefits.Do you like it?

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Thu, 12-13-2012 - 3:14pm

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...

egulates cell division (cancer is the result of damaged cells dividing again and again) and prevents cellular mutations.
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!
 

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 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!
 
I love Asparagus!  Tongue Out
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I like asparagus, but tend to only eat it in the summer.  I think the problem is I just run out of ways to cook/season it so it always tastes the same.  That's fine for a couple months, but then I'm just tired of it.

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Do you make soup with it?  or make fritatas?  Tongue Out

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I usually grill, saute, or steam it and season with garlic, pepper, and sea salt. I've done a frittata or potato scramble a few times. Hadn't thought of soup.....hmmmm.....
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I just found this soup recipe that looks yummy though.  I'd probably make a few adjustments such as skipping the bouillon cubes (I think they just add salt anyway), a bit of olive oil instead of butter, red/orange bell peppers instead of carrots, brown rice instead of white, mushrooms (they just seem like they're missing you know?), and less milk.  My guess is the milk is supposed to thicken the soup, but I don't find that to be very effective.  Maybe a dash of cream instead? 

Funny how I look at recipes now and instantly see how I can add more veggies, add whole grains, and reduce fat/salt lol.

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Have you ever tried Better than Bullion?  Smile

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