Asparagus officinalis – Asparagus
The Health Benefits of Asparagus
Asparagus is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. You can have your C.A.K.E and eat it – Vitamins C, A, K, and E, that is.
Asparagus is low in calories – just 20 calories per 90g
Asparagus contains 4 vitamins – C, A, K and E
Asparagus is full of minerals – Potassium, Phosphorus and Folate
Asparagus has small amounts of micronutrients – Iron, Zinc and Riboflavin
Asparagus provides Protein and Fat
Asparagus is an antioxidant
Asparagus is high in insoluble fibre and contains small amounts of soluble fibre
Asparagus is a member of the lily family
Health benefits of Asparagus
Vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – maintains healthy cells and connective tissue and structure for organs. A lack of vitamin C can lead to scurvy.
Vitamin A – also known as Retinol – helps with vision, strengthens immunity, and keeps body linings healthy, such as the nose
Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting to help heal wounds and also to help build strong bones
Vitamin E helps protect cell membranes
The B Vitamins –
Riboflavin – Vitamin B2 – keeps skin, eyes and the nervous system healthy. It cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.
Folate – Vitamin B9 – important during the early stages of pregnancy
Potassium – helps lower blood pressure
Phosphorus – helps build strong bones and teeth
Iron – helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body
Zinc – a trace element that has several important functions – makes new cells, processes carbohydrate, fat and protein and helps heal wounds
Fibre keeps the digestive system healthy.