It’s nearly spring – that means that asparagus is in season! Enjoy lots of it while prices are low and availability is high. Among the green vegetables, asparagus is a star!
- Asparagus is good for your brain. It is rich in glutathione, – the brain’s “master antioxidant.” It is the body’s key detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and free radicals. In addition, high glutathione levels are linked to better physical and mental health in old age.
- Asparagus is packed with antioxidants. Asparagus ranks among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to research, may help slow the aging process and protect against certain cancers. Asparagus is also a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
- Bone Health. Asparagus is extremely high in vitamin K, which is a necessary nutrient to produce osteocalcin, a protein that attracts calcium to bone tissue and assists in building bone. Low levels of Vitamin K have been found in the bloodstreams of osteoporotic women.1
- GI Health. The high amount of inulin and vitamin K and in asparagus support a healthy intestinal tract, a key factor in maintaining a healthy immune system.
How to prepare asparagus – Gina’s quick and easy way!
Rinse asparagus well and trim off the tough ends. Place in a shallow pan and add about 1/3 cup of filtered water and sprinkle with sea salt. Cover; set stove heat to medium high until water steams. Lower heat to medium; cook covered for exactly two minutes. Remove from heat, drain and add fresh lemon juice and pepper to taste.
Asparagus is also delicious roasted in a 425 degree oven. Do not add oil; just use a little water and lemon juice.
1 Dr. Pam Popper, Health Briefs, Volume 3.