This week I had a stalk of asparagus that needed to be used. It was a little too limp for me to cook so I decided to juice it. That’s right. Straight, raw asparagus juice!
When I started my journey to changing my diet I started hearing a lot about superfoods. I had no idea what a ‘superfood’ was which meant I had to do some research.
So what is a superfood? From what I found, a superfood is a nutrient rich food that is considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. It’s a food that packs a large punch of antioxidants, polyphenols (micronutrients), vitamins, and minerals. Another qualifier of a superfood is the notion that consuming it consistently may help contribute to the reduction of risk of chronic disease.
Asparagus has been found to be high in:
- Vitamin K
- Other B vitamins
What is vitamin K is good for? Strong bones and blood clotting. Antioxidants? Reducing heart disease and diabetes. Folate? It’s important for women during pregnancy because it helps in the prevention of certain birth defects. B vitamins? B Vitamins can increase energy and metabolism function. I also found that asparagus helps the body metabolize alcohol making it good for hangovers! Who knew?
Knowing some of the benefits but not all (plus, I’m sure there are a whole host of other beneficial properties of asparagus that make it such an incredible food) I thought asparagus shots would be a great idea! I decided to enlist my husband who surprisingly jumped right in. In fact, he did his shot before I did mine.
Now having researched and refreshed my brain on all the wonderful benefits of asparagus, I’m thinking I may make this a weekly thing…
Summer is coming meaning there is about to be an abundance of fresh veggies. I can’t wait! Make sure you consider incorporating this superfood into your diet either raw or cooked. Your body will thank you.
*Disclaimer: I am not in any way shape, form, or fashion a medial or nutritional professional. I just enjoy learning about food, how it effects the body, and sharing what I learn.