Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spearing Great Health

Healthy Foods Blog - Spearing Great Health
Who would ever think that an asparagus is a close kin of the lily? Prized as a delicacy ever since the early days of civilization, these brilliantly green crisp spears with the mild, pleasant taste are spring babies favored as a main veggie entree in many parts of the globe. Prepared in a multitude of delicious ways, it is not just another palate pleaser, mind you. Boasting of many healthy benefits, today the asparagus is hailed as one of the most nutritionally balanced veggies in the world.

And what is it about the asparagus that makes it a natural stand-out? Let us count some of its many nutritional benefits: folic acid, potassium, thiamin, Vitamin B6, rutin, and glutathione. But of these nutrients, it is folic acid  hat elevated asparagus to its current status. With 5.3 ounces of folic acid per serving, asparagus covers 60% of the body's daily requirement of the aforementioned nutrient; needed for growth, formation of blood cells, and the prevention of liver sickness. As chronicled in the annals of history, asparagus has been used to address a variety of medical symptoms such as the following: swelling, athritis, rheumatism, and water retention due to PMS among women.

Written By: Maris Modesto

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