This month we’re enjoying all the fantastic and healthful benefits of asparagus! A delicious spring vegetable, asparagus holds a wealth of nutritional benefits you’ll want to harness this month.
Asparagus benefits the gut
Asparagus is a prebiotic food- meaning that it helps to feed the bacteria in our gut to encourage them to thrive and grow. Ensuring our gut is healthy can have fantastic benefits throughout the body and mind due to The Gut-Brain axis, so it’s important to make sure you’re eating lots of prebiotic foods.
It is also a great source of dietary fibre, and can therefore also help to regulate the digestive system and help inflammatory conditions within the digestive system at bay.
Asparagus is anti-inflammatory
Asparagus is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols- which have great anti-inflammatory effects. Reducing inflammation can be extremely beneficial in reducing signs of aging, and may help to relieve inflammatory issues such as IBS. This alongside high levels of potassium may also be able to help to lower blood pressure in the body, reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
Asparagus can help aid weight loss
Asparagus is very low in calories but high in nutrients such as fibre, folate, Vitamin A, C, E, and K, which are all great for ensuring your body stays healthy inside and out. What’s more, asparagus is about 94% water, which, combined with the high levels of fibre, makes it a very filling yet healthy food. Filling yourself up with healthier foods means you’re less likely to reach for unhealthy foods, which can aid in weight loss.
Asparagus is great for the brain
Asparagus contains folate which works with Vitamin B12 to help keep the brain healthy and prevent cognitive decline. It can also help to improve response speed and mental flexibility.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic
Asparagus is high in the amino acid asparagine, which acts as a natural diuretic to help rid the body of excess salts and impurities. This is especially beneficial for those who suffer from high blood pressure and other heart-related issues.
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