The fleshy green soft stalk like of asparagus are both succulent and tender and considered to be one of the delicacies since ancient times. It is not only a delicious recipe, but had health benefits that sustains healthy living.
Asparagus has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. It is known to be an anti-inflammatory food because it contains a truly unique combination of many anti-inflammatory nutrients that contributes to the anti-inflammatory process which takes over inside the human body. Among the anti-inflammatory nutrients are asparagus saponins which includes asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, diosgenin and protodioscin. Sarsasapogenin happens to be of special interest in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Unwanted inflammation plays an important role in the death of motor neurons in the body of the affected individual. That is why, the saponins (sarsasapogenin) found in this vegetable could help in the process of fighting the inflammation happening in the body.
Along with the anti-inflammatory property, it also contains phytonutrients which provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients including beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and the minerals of manganese, zinc and selenium. In addition to the above mentioned nutrients, this vegetable may also contain a much valuable amount of the antioxidant glutathione considered to be the body’s best proven antioxidants studied nowadays. This antioxidant consists of three amino acids known to be glycine, glutamic acid and cysteine packed into one molecule. Studies show that the overall antioxidant capacity of asparagus had been so impressive compared to the overall antioxidant properties of other vegetables with antioxidant capacity.
Alongside with the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this vegetable, it is considered to be an unusual digestive support food. It contains a significant amount of the nutrient called inulin. Unlike other carbohydrates, inulin doesn’t get broken down in the first process of digestion. It passes through undigested all the way to the large intestine. Once it arrives in the large intestine, it becomes the food for certain types of bacteria that helps in digestion such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli known to be a prebiotic bacteria associated with better nutrient absorption, lowers the risk of colon cancer and allergy.
It makes sense that this much-loved vegetable can be considered as a great food which must be included in our healthy living regimen for better result in the case of improving digestive support in most diets.
Future studies expect to establish asparagus as a standout vegetable for decreasing the risk of cardiovascular and blood sugar problems.