aka garden asparagus, sparrow grass
Water: once a day
Soil: good drainage
Fertilizer: twice a month
Good Source of Antioxidants : Asparagus, like other green vegetables, is high in antioxidants. These include vitamin E, vitamin C and glutathione, as well as various flavonoids and polyphenols. Asparagus is particularly high in the flavonoids quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol. These substances have been found to have blood pressure-lowering, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anticancer effects in a number of human, test-tube and animal studies. What’s more, purple asparagus contains powerful pigments called anthocyanins, which give the vegetable its vibrant color and have antioxidant effects in the body.
Can Improve Digestive Health : Dietary fiber is essential for good digestive health.
Just half a cup of asparagus contains 1.8 grams of fiber, which is 7% of your daily needs.
Studies suggest that a diet high in fiber-rich fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Helps Support a Healthy Pregnancy : Asparagus is an excellent source of folate, also known as vitamin B9.Just half a cup of asparagus provides adults with 34% of their daily folate needs and pregnant women with 22% of their daily needs.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure : High blood pressure affects more than 1.3 billion people worldwide and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Research suggests that increasing potassium intake while reducing salt intake is an effective way to lower high blood pressure. Potassium lowers blood pressure in two ways: by relaxing the walls of blood vessels and excreting excess salt through urine
Asparagus is a good source of potassium, providing 6% of your daily requirement in a half-cup serving.
Can Help You Lose Weight : Currently, no studies have tested the effects of asparagus on weight loss.However, it has a number of properties that could potentially help you lose weight.First, it’s very low in calories, with only 20 calories in half a cup. This means you can eat a lot of asparagus without taking in a lot of calories. Furthermore, it’s about 94% water. Research suggests that consuming low-calorie, water-rich foods is associated with weight loss. Asparagus is also rich in fiber, which has been linked to lower body weight and weight loss.