IntroductionInthis essay I will be arguing why humans must eat more asparagus and why.
Asparagus is one of the many underratedvegetables and doesn’t receive as much attention as it potentially could.Consequently, people are missing out on major health properties from asparagusand it could help prevent them from developing serious diseases, some casesinclude cancer. In fact, when one mentions asparagus they don’t think about anyhealth benefits, but would rather focus on the ‘sour’ or ‘bitter’ taste andpungent smell of urine after consuming the vegetable. I will not only discreditthese accusations but also inform you why you should put asparagus in yourregular diet today.
Cells and the BodyAsparagusis a spring vegetable, rich with nutrients and is amazing for your body. It hasover ten nutrients that benefit human beings and include the important vitaminsK, C, A, B, as well as folate, iron and potassium (Dr.Axe, 2017).
These nutrients play an active role in maintainingour bodies optimum health. The vitamins and minerals seep into the blood streamafter consumption and assist in reducing the effect of cell damaging radicals. Asparagusalso contains antioxidant glutathione, which not only strengthens your immunesystem but slows down the aging process and protects the skin from pollution andsun damage (Live Science, 2018). Cancercells cannot survive in a high alkalinity environment and a diet that is loadedwith alkaline foods like asparagus prevents the cancer cells growth (Cure Today, 2018). There are certaincancers asparagus can protect you from and includes the notorious breastcancer, lung, colon and bone cancer. Asparagus is great for your body and shouldbe consumed more often, becoming a regular part of your diet today.Digestive HealthTheasparagus spears are packed with fibre, water and contains protein. A mere 100grams of asparagus (approximately 5 spears) contains only 20 calories and 2.
2grams of protein. The regular intake of asparagus can help aid constipation andassists in the bodies excretion of toxins through faeces and bile. Medical NewToday states, “High fibre intake is associated with a significantly lower riskof developing diabetes, obesity… and certain gastrointestinal diseases,” thereforeit makes asparagus one of the best vegetables to eat (Medical News Today, 2018).
Diabetes is a chronic condition; type 2diabetes affects the body processing blood glucose (sugar) levels while type 1produces little to none insulin in the pancreas. Eating asparagus boostsinsulin levels and helps the blood glucose levels stay balanced and stabilized.Ulcerative colitis is one of the few gastrointestinal conditions that can behelped by consuming asparagus.
Eating asparagus for this condition promotesrepairing, regulation of the digestive system and reducing inflammation.Significant amounts of inulin, a prebiotic dietary fibre, are found inasparagus and doesn’t break down during the digestive track. When it reachesthe large intestine undigested it converts into a food source for goodbacteria, which is responsible for nutrient absorption and decreases allergies (bbc, 2017). Asparagus overall promotesa healthy digestive system which is why it needs to be added to your diet, soyou can reap the health benefits.Heart HealthVitaminK is a key nutrient that supports heart health and is found in asparagus. Thevitamin itself can prevent the hardening of the arteries and keeps calcium outof the artery lining, as well as body tissues, where it can cause significant damage(bbc, 2017). Vitamin B is anothervitamin found in the asparagus that aids in heart health.
It assists in regulatinghomocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that can lead to heart disease inhigh levels, vitamin B regulates and decrease the amount of the deadly aminoacid. This is yet another great reason why we should be eating more asparagus. Cholesterolis another health issue that is a danger to our health because it puts a strainon our heart. Consuming steamed asparagus effectively lowers LDL cholesterol.
This is because the liver uses more LDL cholesterol to digest the asparagus andlowers LDL levels in the bloodstream (MedicalNews Today, 2018). Asparagus naturally has 1 gram of soluble fibre per cup,which is the part of the plant our bodies can digest, and has high levels ofantioxidants with exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. This successfullylowers the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is a miracle vegetable with magicalhealth properties to prevent heart diseases such as cardiovascular disease.Asparagus should be included in every human beings’ diet and needs to be eatenmore often.What about the Smellof Urine after Consumption?Afterthe consumption of asparagus, you may find a pungent smell following urination butdo not fear. The smell is because of the plants unusual compound, asulphur-containing compound, and once consumed it can give off a powerful odour(Live Science, 2018).
In fact, theodour should not be the reason you don’t eat the fantastic vegetable becausescientists say that only 40% of the worlds population has the genetic abilityto detect the odour of urine after eating asparagus (The Sun, 2018). Another great thing asparagus does is increaseurine output, otherwise known as ‘irrigation therapy’, to keep your urinarytract happy (Dr. Axe, 2018). Thevegetable is also helpful when it comes to urinary tract infections that causepain and/or swelling with its anti-inflammatory properties. This isparticularly great for women who have issues with not urinating enough becausethey can get a urinary tract infection. Asparagus acts as a natural diureticwhich detoxes the body of excessive fluid and salt levels.
This helps tocleanse the kidneys of toxins and prevents you from developing kidney stoneswhich is a very painful process (Health.com,2018). Asparagus has so many helpful health properties and deserves morerecognition. The world needs to become educated of the potential healthbenefits they’ll gain if they eat asparagus. What about the Tasteof Asparagus?Manypeople, when eating asparagus for the first time, complain about a sour orbitter taste and then refuse to eat the vegetable again. This is irrational andludicrous because asparagus can be eaten in various ways and is a veryversatile food that can be paired with heaps of other ingredients.
Countlessasparagus enthusiasts comment that, “Asparagus does a great job of working withother flavors and absorbs flavors such as garlic, vinegar, and lemon,” (Anytime Fitness Blog, 2018). It is alsosuggested by the blog that the reason for the bitter and sour taste standsbecause the asparagus was past its prime or simply just overcooked. This iseasily fixed by trying new recipes, there are hundreds of recipes to find whatfits your taste buds, so taste isn’t a relevant issue. If someone dislikes thetaste of asparagus so much so that they can’t eat the delicious vegetable thereis an alternative, to take a supplement. Asparagus extract is available indietary form and is a natural remedy, this is helpful for people who don’t likeeating asparagus (Verywell, 2018).
Asparagus is such an amazing vegetable that is useful for virtually any healthproblem hence why asparagus needs to be eaten more frequently.Summary Insummary, asparagus is filled with an abundance of nutrients that providesserious health benefits. Asparagus is a unique vegetable and should be takenadvantage of. The combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients reduces manychronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and can even minimisethe risk of cancer cell growth.
It’s not only tasty but helpful. It isexcellent for maintaining great gut health and the regulation of blood glucoselevels. To reap the health benefits of asparagus you must eat it and why notstart today. Place asparagus in your regular diet and watch the effects as you becomea happier, healthier, more productive human.