Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folates, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium (a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.)
Asparagus is jam packed with antioxidants, including one called glutathione. Glutathione is a detoxifying compound that can help destroy carcinogens and is known to protect the skin from sun damage, pollution and the effects of aging. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers, including bone, breast, lung and colon cancers.
Asparagus also contains high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds such as asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin and diosgenin. Chronic inflammation can lead to health problems such type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce the risk of developing these problems. 1
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- Wang L, Wang X, Yuan X, Zhao B. Simultaneous analysis of diosgenin and sarsasapogenin in Asparagus officinalis byproduct by thin-layer chromatography. Phytochem Anal. 2011 Jan-Feb;22(1):14-7. doi: 10.1002/pca.1244. Epub 2010. 2011 ↩