Asparagus is a superfood that should not be overlooked because of its strange appearance and sometimes intimidating fickleness in preparation. This bright-green treat is packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, and the energy generator, B6. It is also packed with minerals like folate, iron, copper, and calcium, and it also contains the protein and fiber your body craves!
Asparagus is low in fat and calories and high concentration of insoluble fiber makes it a great choice for anyone trying to get their weight under control. Eating this great veggie makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time, helping you control your munchies by helping you feel satiated.
High levels of amino acid asparagine make it a natural diuretic. This helps to flush your body of excess fluid and salt from your body, helping to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections. The antioxidants (especially high in purple asparagus) comes from the high levels of anthocyanins in asparagus. This antioxidant is much more potent if asparagus is not overcooked, but undercooking does not allow for the powerful nutrients to be better released.
Vitamin E helps to protect the immune system and cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Using olive oil when preparing your asparagus, your body will better absorb the vitamin E because it is better absorbed alongside a healthy fat.
Thanks to all of that soluble and insoluble fiber, asparagus is great in helping your overcome bloating. Prebiotics contained in asparagus help encourage a healthy balance of good bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive track, reducing gas. All of this happens along with the natural diuretic properties, combating that frustrating belly bulge that happens with bloating.
So, thank your body and your soul by getting yourself some asparagus today! To help you, your favorite chiropractor in Williamsburg, VA, Pinto Chiropractic & Rehabilitation wants to encourage you to try one of our favorite recipes using asparagus. Check out the recipe below.
Oven Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the spears into a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until just tender. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with lemon juice.
Serve your new favorite way to prepare asparagus!
Drs. Anne & Bob
Robert and Anne Pinto started their journey on July 17th, 1989 when they first opened their practice.