Updated: Mar 2
May is a magical time for foodies as asparagus is once again back in season. It’s appearance is celebrated not only in the West Country, but throughout the whole of UK. I love the season of asparagus, as the vibrant green colour on market stalls whispers silently ‘summer is here’.
Asparagus helps us gently detox after cooler months of hibernation and provides the body with nutritional abundance. Packed with vitamins C, E, K and antioxidants, it in turn offers us clearer mind and more energized body. But did you know asparagus can be a great companion holiday and festival season approaching? Explore these amazing health benefits of asparagus, that you may have not heard of before.
1. Hangover cure
Asparagus is highly diuretic and contains asparagine, which helps remove excess toxins and salts from the body. Additionally, asparagus is rich in amino acids, that are crucial in cell regeneration and recovery. Simply put, nutritionally asparagus is an excellent hangover cure, even if it’s the last thing you want to eat after a heavy night.
2. High levels of glutathione
Asparagus contains glutathione, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are beneficial compounds, that counteract oxidative damage to cells and in turn helps with anti-aging, cognitive function and overall wellbeing. It also helps protect the skin from the effects of pollution and sun damage.
3. Supports the ‘good guys’ of digestive health
Asparagus contains inulin, which is a type of soluble carbohydrate and dietary fibre. Different to other similar carbohydrates, it is non- digestible and acts as a prebiotic agent, meaning that it supports and stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria. In turn it helps reduce bloating and digestive upset, improves bowel function and can even help increase mood!
4. Aids blood sugar balance
Chromium is a trace mineral that helps insulin transport glucose more effectively and guess what? It can be found in asparagus. In addition, this potent vegetable contains anti- inflammatory compounds and as a result helps you feel more energized.
Head to your local farmers market or a health food store until early June and enjoy the benefits of the local (super) food this spring.