The asparagus is truly a vitamin and mineral bomb. It is a good source of K vitamin and folic acid. It contains caroten, B, B2 and B6 vitamins, C vitamin, as well as potassium salts, calcium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, fluor and iron. It is also known for its antibacterial activity and the ability to prevent the development of cancer, it is responsible for the proper fetal development, it provides a supplementation for breast-feeding women and helps losing weight, because a 100 g portions contains only 18 kcal. When regularly consumed, it diminishes the risk of cancer, as well as cardiac diseases. It may invigorate and regulate the digestive system. Ancient Greeks used to consume the asparagus as the liver medicine, while the Chinese currently use the asparagus-based products as cough medicines.
Despite its low energy value and high water content (95%), the asparagus is full of vitamins and mineral compounds, such as:
- folic acid, an essential element for the women planning their pregnancies, as it is responsible for the proper fetal development. Folic acid slows down the aging process and helps regenerating the damaged cells, it also aids the functioning of cardio-vascular system;
- A, C & E vitamins, and beta-caroten - improve the skin, hair and nails condition;
- asparagine - supports the functions of kidneys and is responsible for the appropriate level of water in the organism;
- calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The two first are responsible for the condition of our bones and teeth, while the high amount of potassium, together with the low sodium content combined with asparagine makes the asparagus diuretic;
- glutathione - strengthens the immune system, supports the liver in due course of toxin cleaning processes, prevents the cancer development and Alzheimer's disease;;
- cellulose - improves the peristaltics of intestines;
- inulinum - guarantees the proper functioning of the digestive system.
Moreover, the asparagus helps curing the arthritis and rheumatism, as well as it alleviates the symptoms of the premenstrual symptome.