Asparagus has never been the cool veggie on the block. It is one of those vegetables that is not popular when compared to carrots, tomatoes, and spinach. But asparagus is actually very good for you and should be added as a tasty side dish to your meals.
Asparagus has a ton of nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, fiber, folate, and a substance called chromium that helps your body transport glucose into the cells from the bloodstream. It also can help fight certain cancers affecting the colon and lungs. The veggie is rich in glutathione, a compound that breaks down carcinogens in your body. Packed with helpful antioxidants, asparagus can help stop harmful free radicals. (Is there anything it can’t do?)
Asparagus has anti-inflammatory nutrients like saponins, rutin, and laempferol that can stave off arthritis and asthma. This vegetable is, naturally, heart-healthy–the folate it contains helps your cardiovascular system immensely. Folate regulates homocysteine, an amino acid that can be a strong factor in heart disease. The B vitamins in asparagus help metabolize sugars and starches.
A recent scientific discovery has found that eating asparagus may help with hangovers if eaten before or even after a night of drinking. For many adults this is helpful news!