Asparagus save a lot of health benefits for the body. These vegetables are rich in antioxidants and is believed to protect the body from cancer. Asparagus contains a lot of nutrients, high in fiber, folate, vitamin A, C, E and K, and chromium, and minerals that enhance the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. It is a very rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds such as free radicals. This is why the consumption of asparagus can help protect against certain cancers, such as bone, breast, larynx colon, and lung cancer.

Asparagus is a member of the Lily family (Liliaceae), which includes garlic and onions. Asparagus comes from the Greek word meaning 'shoots'. Approximately 2000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean, the asparagus has been known for its unique texture and properties of treatment. Although there are more than 300 varieties that known, only 20 varieties that can be eaten. Asparagus that usually consumed is actually a kind of shoots that grow from tubers under the ground.

Health Benefits of Asparagus

Here are some health benefits of asparagus.

1. Heart health
Asparagus contains folate which is important for the health of the cardiovascular system. Drink little asparagus juice mixed with honey three times a day can help strengthen a weak heart.

2. Natural diuretic
Asparagus has a high content of potassium but low in sodium. These minerals that combined with asparagine, an amino acid active, making asparagus effective as a natural diuretic. Diuretics are very useful to reduce swelling during the premenstrual and bloating. Diuretics also help reduce irritability, fatigue, and depression.

3. Digestive health
These vegetables are rich in minerals and carbohydrate called inulin that can not be digested. But in the colon, inulin becomes food bacteria such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Therefore, the intake of inulin (asparagus) increasing the amount of good bacteria in the colon that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

4. Prevent birth defects
Folate, once again, become the key nutrients. Without adequate folate intake, the nervous system cells fetus will not develop optimally. Asparagus intake helps reduce the chances of birth defects such as spina bifida and lower the chances of babies born with low weight.

5. Reduces blood acidity
Asparagus juice can help reduce the acidity of the blood and help dissolve kidney stones.

6. Anti-inflammatory
Asparagus contains phytochemicals that produce anti-inflammatory effect that helps relieve arthritis and rheumatism.

7. Rich in fiber
Regular consumption of asparagus increased frequency of bowel movements because it is rich in fiber.

8. Rich in antioxidants
Asparagus contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer and cataracts.

9. Controlling blood sugar
Asparagus helps control blood sugar levels making it beneficial for people with diabetes.

10. Helping chemotherapy
Asparagus enhance the success rate of chemotherapy.

11. Detoxifying agent
Asparagus is a detoxifying agent and can prevent urinary tract infections.

12. Increase milk production
Asparagus is good for nursing mothers and helps the production of milk.

Nutrition Fact Of Asparagus

Here are Raw Asparagus Nutrition Fact per 100 gr

Energy85 kJ
Carbohydrates3.88 g
Sugars1.88 g
Dietary fibre2.1 g
Fat0.12 g
Protein2.2 g
Vitamin A equiv.38 μg
beta-carotene449 μg
lutein and zeaxanthin710 μg
Thiamine0.143 mg
Riboflavin0.141 mg
Niacin0.978 mg
Pantothenic acid0.274 mg
Vitamin B60.091 mg
Folate52 μg 
Choline16 mg
Vitamin C5.6 mg
Vitamin E1.1 mg
Vitamin K41.6 μg
Calcium24 mg
Iron2.14 mg
Magnesium14 mg
Manganese0.158 mg 
Phosphorus52 mg
Potassium202 mg
Sodium2 mg 
Zinc0.54 mg

How To Store Asparagus

Quite possibly you buy asparagus in large quantities and save the rest for later use. The best technique to save asparagus is by freezing them order to remain fresh. Asparagus is still fresh means capable of maintain the amount of nutrient content

Here's how to store asparagus in the freezer.
  • Wash asparagus well under running water. Do not soak in a long time because it can damage the asparagus.
  • Once cleaned, cut the base that stern. If too thick, remove asparagus clump into pieces smaller.
  • Boil water in a pan. After boiling, put the asparagus into it for about 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in another pot, pour cold water and add ice to make ice water.
  • Lift the asparagus from the boiling water and put into ice water for about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the asparagus in a plastic bag or container. Label the container with the date today and put in freezer.
  • Frozen asparagus can withstand about 8 to 9 months.

How to Cook Frozen Asparagus

  1. Do not immediately defrost frozen asparagus before cooking.
  2. Thaw asparagus normally that is by moving in the refrigerator or aerated in the room.
  3. After liquefied, cook asparagus as you wish. Asparagus that has thawed should not be frozen again into the freezer.
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