#Asparagus is a member of the lily family which includes leeks, garlic and onions. It has a spear top with bud-like, compact and pointed head.
Perhaps it may surprise you that there are a few hundred varieties of asparagus but only a small number is edible.
The variety we eat is usually green or greenish purple in color. There is also a white variety which is grown underground to preserve its delicate flavor. But these sunlight-deprived stalks also lack the goodness of #chlorophyll.
Asparagus is an alkaline food which is rich in #protein but low in calories and #carbohydrates. It is an excellent source of potassium, folate, vitamins A, C and K, and traces of vitamin B complex.
A good source of dietary fiber, asparagus is also rich in niacin, phosphorus and very low sodium. And certainly most impressive is that it is one of those few #vegetables that actually has the calcium and magnesium in the ideal ratio of 2:1.
Asparagus has an abundance of an amino acid called asparagine, that helps to cleanse the body of waste material. As a result, some people’s urine may have a foul odor after eating asparagus. Don’t worry if this happens to you. Just be glad that your #kidneys are getting a good cleansing.
Asparagus is a wonderfully diuretic vegetable and its efficacy is more pronounced when it is taken in juice form.
The diuretic and #alkaline properties of asparagus help prevent or dissolve kidney stones. It helps break up oxalic and uric acids formed in the kidney.
Chlorophyll and the other phytonutrients in asparagus are excellent food for detoxifying the liver and providing support for organ health.
The diuretic effect of #asparagusjuice helps relieve premenstrual swelling and bloating. The magnesium in this wonder juice also help relieve irritability, fatigue and depression.