Asparagus Each Day Keeps the Doc Away

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Can eating asparagus really keep the doctor away? I was listening to my good friend David Wolfe  give one of his always-inspiring talks recently. During the talk, David mentioned the power of eating asparagus and in particular, the roots of common asparagus.

The root of common asparagus is considered one of the greatest superherbs in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. It nourishes the kidneys and lungs. It nourishes the sympathetic nervous system and builds bodily fluids. Asparagus root is a tonic, adrenal rejuvenator, anti-ulcerous and anti-inflammatory. The root of asparagus is also used in the treatment of nervous disorders, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, tumours, hyperdipsia, neuropathy and liver disease. This plant is reported to have immuno-modulating and antihepatotoxic and activities. 

Wow, that’s some powerful stuff! So if the roots of asparagus are so healthy for you, what about the asparagus we find at our local grocery store or farmer’s market?

Asparagus smallIt turns out, asparagus is SUPER healthy, especially when eaten raw.

“Eat asparagus raw?” you ask. “I’ve never tried that before!”

Well, neither had I until last week, when I grabbed a bunch at my local farmer’s market and began munching away. So good!

From personal research, I’ve found that eating raw asparagus is perfectly safe for us to eat. (Of course that is my own research, so please feel free to do your own research to learn all about this awesome food). It’s even safe for kids to eat raw, from what I’ve read.

Why raw?

When we introduce heat to food, we start to kill the nutritional value. It is true that some plant-based foods are easier to digest and safer to eat when heated, but asparagus is not one of them. I have also found raw asparagus to have a much richer, sweeter taste than when cooked.

Okay, tell me what’s so good about asparagus?

For one cup of asparagus you will be feeding your body 70% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin K20% of Vitamin A & 13% of Vitamin C. 1 cup also includes 16% of your RDI of Iron and 3 grams of both fibre and protein.

Talk about your powerhouse food.

When choosing your asparagus, be sure to buy local when possible and organic to avoid unwanted pesticides and other chemicals residues. Once you have a stalk of asparagus in your hands, break off the hard end piece and eat the rest as you wish. You can also store it in your refrigerator for 2-3 days in your vegetable crisper. Just remember, it is alive. The more it sits, the more it will lose nutritional value.

How to Eat 1 Cup a Day

So how can you get one cup of asparagus into your diet everyday? Well, eating it raw as a snack is ideal, but there are endless possibilities.

How about dipping asparagus into some hummus or chopping some over top of a salad? I would even add 1 cup into any soup, stew or stir-fry I make. How about getting a little creative with your asparagus? Check out my amazing Asparagus Lime Salsa recipe I made with the rest of my farmer’s market asparagus. So good. You and your family are going to love eating this healthy and delicious salsa with your favourite crackers, bread or chips.

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Asparagus Lime Salsa

Do you have a creative way to enjoy asparagus? Let the Power of Food community know in the comments below. And together, let’s all start eating 1 cup of asparagus a day! Who’s in?

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Comments

  1. Hi there, just wanted to say, I liked this article.
    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

  2. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking
    a few minutes and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can
    I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.

  3. Hello Just wanted to ask if anyone has ever had an allergic reaction to asparagus. Symptoms such as; heart palpitations, high blood pressure, excessive urination, anxiety, nervousness, open airways and sinus, sleeplessness, tight muscles, tingling in the fingers and hands, spinal pain, chest pressure, digestive discomfort. Through trial and error this is what happens to me after eating asparagus. When eaten raw it effects me much more than cooked but is still a knock down for me when cooked. I have not ever heard of anyone with this allergy. Thanks Laurra

    • Have read articles
      about a chemical in
      Asparagus that causes Allergies. Have been eating 3/4
      Stems every night gor 2 years and suffering
      Same simptoms cutting it releases this chemic and you ingest it. Workers cutting it getting the
      allergy. Cooking it kills the chemical

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