Asparagus

 
 
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Apples - Reduces cholesterol.
Asparagus - Mild laxative, kidney stimulant.
Aubergine (eggplant)
Beer - Reduces heart disease, promotes bone health.
Cranberry - Treats urinary tract infection (UTI).
Cucumber - Skin friend, ant repellent.
Kiwi Fruit (Chinese gooseberry).
Muscovado Sugar (a.k.a. Barbados sugar)

 


   
   
Asparagus
The Chinese use this versatile vegetable in cooking and the asparagus root as a herb to treat a variety of ailments (incl. infertility and arthritis). Western physicians have yet to recognize asparagus as a cure, they do acknowledge it is rich in vitamins and minerals.


Good source of:
Folic acid (a part of the B-complex vitamins)- 10 spears of cooked asparagus contain 225 mcg of folate. Almost 50% of the adult RDA.
Vitamin C – 10 spears contain 25mg of vitamin C.

Other nutrients
Vitamin E.
Beta-carotene.
Potassium.
Fibre.
Glutathione (an antioxidant).

Stalks are also high in antioxidants.

Benefits
• Mild laxative effect.
• Stimulates kidneys and works as a mild diuretic. (Diuretic = promotes urination).
• Good source of antioxidant vitamins (vitamin C and vitamin E) that are known to fight cancer.
• Folate – important for expecting mothers as it protects against neural tube defects in babies.
• Low in calories (33 calories in 10 spears).
• Helps prevent water retenstion.

Caution
Asparagus has high contents of ‘purine’, which should be avoided by people suffering from gout.


 

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