Asparagus (Asparagus Officinalis) is one of the oldest known vegetables and is consuming more than 2,000 years. Some people make delicious meals with this vegetable while others use it as natural remedy especially for kidney diseases and skin problems.
It’s rich in nutrients and contains vitamin A, K, B, C, folic acid, iron, copper, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable and 1 cup contains only 27 calories. This makes it an ideal food for weight loss.
What are the health benefits of asparagus?
- Strong anti-inflammatory properties,
- Reducing the risk of heart disease,
- Reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure,
- Strengthening of the blood vessels and bones,
- Heals mouth ulcers, acne, kidney diseases and
- Improves the bowel movements.
Asparagus has strong anti-inflammatory properties thanks to saponins and flavonoids. The high amount of vitamin B in it controls the level of homocysteine in the blood and prevents the risk of inflammation of blood vessel and the risk of heart disease. It’s one of the richest sources of flavonoids which contribute to the reduction of cholesterol and blood pressure and strengthens the blood vessels. Furthermore, one piece of asparagus contains even 114 percent of the recommended daily doses of vitamin K. This vitamin is essential for the synthesis of osteocalcin (a protein that strengthens the bones).
Natural remedy for skin problems
Here is one simple recipe for the acne on the skin. Get 24 pieces of asparagus and make 2 bunches with 12 stalks. Then soak it in a pot with hot water (1,5 inch from the top of the asparagus shouldn’t be soaked) and cook it on medium heat around 30 minutes. When they get soft remove them from the pot and store them in the refrigerator. You can use them for some meal later and for the acne use the water. Wash your skin with the water when you wake up and before you go to a bed.
Cooked asparagus and its juice can dissolve the accumulated uric acid in the joints of the limbs. Furthermore, it stimulates the diuresis and makes a balance of the sodium and potassium.
You can consume it according to your taste raw, cooked, roasted, or marinated.
Some tasty recipes
- Roasted asparagus
Ingredients: 2 cups cooked asparagus, 1 cup onion chopped into rings, 1 cup sliced green pepper, 1 cup mushrooms chopped into slices, 1 potato, 1 cup sliced carrot, ½ cup brown rice and 3-4 cups tomato sauce.
Preparation: Steam the onion, pepper, and mushrooms until they become soft. In a roasting pan put the sliced potato first, then add the chopped carrot, rice, fried mix, and cooked asparagus. At the end pour the tomato sauce into the pan and cover it. Cook in the oven for 2 hours on 356 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Asparagus cream soup
Ingredients: 2 bundles of fresh asparagus, 1 onion, 33.81 oz. vegetable bouillon, 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour, 7 tablespoons vegan cream, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 bunch parsley, and black pepper.
Preparation: Steam chopped onion, add flour, and then pour the vegetable bouillon. Cook the asparagus and when it’s get cooled, chop it, add it to the bouillon. Then put the brown sugar and black pepper. When the soup starts to boil, reduce the heat and cook another 5 minutes. Drain the liquid from the soup in another pot and put the boiled vegetables into the blender. Then return the mixed vegetables back into the soup, add a vegan cream. Cook one minute. Before serving, put finely chopped parsley leaves.