The Health Benefits of Asparagus

Who would have thought that the asparagus is truly a part of the lily family? There are more than 300 varieties, but only 20 of them can be eaten. The Asparagus plant can last up to 15 years.With proper soil and drainage system, the asparagus will take up to two years to be harvested. Asparagus is a particular veggie that requires a specific soil with PH 6.5 - 7.5 and must be fertilized with a 10-20-10 analysis that should be cultivated to six inches deep at a rate of 20 pounds per 1000 sq. ft.

Although it takes a lot of hard work to plant asparagus, the health benefit of asparagus is something that money can’t buy. The asparagus is packed with vitamin K, potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin C, A, B-complex, iron and it is low in calories.

People with cardiovascular disease take asparagus because it has high levels of folate. Asparagus has one particular enzyme that cannot be digested by humans and it is called inulin, however, it is beneficial to our digestive track because the good bacteria love it and thus we will not experience dangerous bacterial infections.

Important cautions you should know about the asparagus:

• If you are on anti-coagulants, consult your doctor before eating asparagus because it has high levels of folate, potassium, and vitamin K.

• Do not cook asparagus in an iron pot because the tannin in the asparagus will react negatively to the iron.

• If you ate the asparagus, your urine might have a strong odor. However, it is not something that you should be worried about. The smell is just a natural breakdown during digestion.

• If you are diagnosed with purine sensitivity, consult your doctor before eating asparagus because asparagus contains purines.

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