Asparagus is a delicious, low-calorie food that is exceptionally healthy and recommended for the treatment of cancer and the prevention of many diseases. It is a perennial plant of the lily family. One of the oldest self-cultivated cultures in the Mediterranean, also used in Ayurveda for thousands of years. It has been appreciated as delicacies for more than 2000 years. This plant is spread across many continents because it has many subspecies. Some species are used more for food, others only for treatment – such as Asparagus racemosus.
Medicinal and Nutritional Properties of Asparagus
This plant has a rich nutritional value – it contains vitamins A, K, B, C and E, folic acid, iron, copper, fibers, potassium, choline, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. With its rich nutritional composition, it is deficient in calories.
100 g has only 20 calories – which makes it ideal for weight loss. Thanks to saponins and flavonoids, asparagus has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it works favorably in cardiovascular and blood vessel diseases. A richness of vitamin B, which controls the level of homocysteine, is also responsible for the prevention of heart disease. Asparagus is one of the wealthiest routine sources – a flavonoid that reduces cholesterol and blood pressure and strengthens blood vessels.
One portion contains as much as 114 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K, which is inevitable for the synthesis of osteocalcin – a protein that boosts the bones. Vitamin K prevents the accumulation of calcium in tissues that can lead to atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Along with watermelons and avocados, it belongs to the foods rich in glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most studied and most essential antioxidants. It is vital for overall health, regeneration of immune cells and is one of the most powerful cleansing agents for the body. Low glutathione is directly connected with premature aging and even death. Glutathione is the leading agent in the fight against cancer because it protects against damage caused by oxidative stress. It is also a strong diuretic that helps release the body from uric acid, dissolves kidney stones and cure gout. Due to the abundance of folic acid, the plant s is an excellent food for pregnant women.
Grow It in Your Garden
If you want to grow homemade asparagus in your garden, here are some useful tips. Asparagus loves warm climates, lots of sunshine and humus soil. This plant does not like the wind. It can handle the even greater cold, but it needs to provide a lot of moisture because otherwise, it can be very bitter and unsuitable. It is important to choose a place because asparagus will grow on it for fifteen years. The asparagus is planted in autumn on a well-fertilized soil. The asparagus is picked in May and June. After picking, it is advisable to immediately consume it or pack it and store it in a fridge where it can stand for 4 – 5 days. Asparagus can also be blanched and frozen.