One of the surest signs of Spring is the abundance of asparagus that start flooding the farmers’ markets. Whether you’re steaming, roasting, or sautéing, these bright green (and sometimes white or purple) stalks are loaded with vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, and minerals such as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber. So despite the sometimes stinky side-effect of eating them, asparagus are full of healthy benefits:
- Being a natural diuretic, they can help rid the body of excess fluid and salt.
- A valuable source of vitamin E, an antioxidant that fights free radicals and can help support a healthy immune system.
- Promotes good digestive help by feeding the good gut bacteria with prebiotics.
- Provides an excellent source of folic acid, essential for woman trying to get pregnant or who are pregnant.
- Offers a good source of Vitamin K, which is vital to maintaining bone health by helping the absorption of calcium.