7 Health Benefits of Asparagus


| 4/13/2012 5:06:00 PM


Nothing heralds the onset of spring like crisp, fresh asparagus. While these fleshy spears are valued for their tender texture and succulent taste, asparagus also packs in a lot of nutritional value to boot. Just check out these seven health benefits of asparagus!

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Health Benefits of Asparagus

Vitamins and Minerals 

Asparagus is loaded with good stuff: vitamins A, C, E and K; minerals such as folate, iron, potassium and manganese; fiber; and even protein.

Antioxidants 



Asparagus contains rich amounts of glutathione, sometimes referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants.” Glutathione attracts toxins and free radicals to it, then carries them out of the body. In addition to glutathione, asparagus also contains other antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium and some of the vitamins and minerals mentioned above.