Asparagus is one of nature’s true food heroes as a source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Asparagus is also packed in the naturally occurring phytochemicals of glutathione, rutin, and folic acid. Asparagus, next to orange juice, is regarded as the second best whole foods source of folic acid. Folic acid is known to lower the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, liver disease, and spina bifida.
Asparagus, along with avocados and watermelons, are particularly rich dietary sources of gluthathione. Gluthathione is a small protein composed of three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. Nutrition researchers have regarded it as the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Gluthathione has also been called the “master antioxidant” that regulates the actions of lesser antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin E within the body. Dietary gluthathione intake from food sources such as asparagus has been associated with protection against certain forms of cancer in addition to potent anti-viral properties. Gluthathione is also a regenerator of immune cells.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid that is highly concentrated in asparagus. Research has proven rutin to be vital in its ability to increase the strength of capillaries and regulate their permeability. Rutin’s real value is its ability to increase circulation to the lower limbs, by increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
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