Asparagus usually takes a back seat to many other veggies when it comes to cancer-fighting properties, but this sleek stalk (a member of the lily family) deserves a mention.
Asparagus is one of the highest vegetable sources of folate (folic acid). Why is this important? One of the key roles of folate is the prevention of incorrect DNA sequences, making asparagus a valuable vegetable in reducing your risk of breast cancer. It is also one of the best dietary sources of glutathione (an antioxidant), which boasts several functions in the prevention of breast cancer. Glutathione has been shown to be extremely effective at protecting cells from free radical damage, detoxifying by aiding the body in removing carcinogens, plus it supports the immune system, protecting against cancer.
Asparagus is also a good dietary source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and those with high levels of carotenoids in the blood have a lower risk of cancer.
Lets give asparagus an “A” for effort!!!
Asparagus is also your ally when it comes to fighting other diseases. A powerful anti-inflammatory food, it has been shown to fight heart disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis. It’s low in calories but a rich source of protein, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins and calcium.
More good news! Asparagus is typically low in pesticides, even the non-organically grown produce.
Simple and Tasty
What could be simpler and tastier than this Roasted Asparagus
recipe from Elise at Simply Recipes www.simplyrecipes.com
Risotto is perfect as a complete meal or as a hearty side dish. It keeps well, so make extra and eat it again! I love this Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto
from Jessica at Clean Green Simple www.cleangreensimple.com
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