Asparagus is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables worldwide. The Chinese have used asparagus in traditional medicine for over 2000 years. The Egyptians, Romans and Greeks have praised asparagus’ therapeutic properties, especially its positive effect on the digestive system. Ukrainians have recently discovered the taste and positive effects of asparagus dishes, since its cultivation in Ukraine has started recently.
Asparagus contains many important micronutrients and macronutrients and biologically active compounds, such as vitamins A, C, B1, B2, PP, E and K, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron, potassium, folic acid and asparagine. Vitamin K improves bone strength and promotes healthy blood clotting. Vitamin A improves eyesight; vitamin B helps to regulate blood sugar levels, while minerals support the immune system.
Asparagus has the highest level of folic acid compared to any other vegetable. Folic acid improves skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles. Since a long time ago ladies make asparagus masks for the facial treatment. Moreover folic acid supports normal development of the fetus, so it’s recommended for pregnant women. Asparagus contains antioxidant glutathione - the elixir of health and youth. It protects the skin from the harmful effects of sunlight, pollution and prevents its aging.
The word "asparagine" and asparagus have the same roots. It was asparagus from which in 1906 French chemist isolated this amino acid. Asparagine helps to reduce arterial pressure, dilate blood vessels and trigger the work of heart muscle. Asparagine also has a diuretic effect; that’s why asparagus is a strong diuretic. Asparagus dishes help to remove chlorides, phosphates, uric acid and urea from the body; therefore asparagus is advised for gout patients and people with diseases of the urinary system.
Asparagus is one of the most low-calorie vegetables and a perfect product for those who want to lose weight. Asparagus contains from 23 to 40 kcal per 100 g and a minimum percentage of fat (0.1%). Asparagus is recommended to diabetics as it enhances insulin's ability to transport glucose from the blood to the cells.
The healthiest asparagus is fresh asparagus. That is why it is advised to cook seasonal locally grown asparagus, since it contains the highest percentage of vitamins and minerals. "Agro-Focus" company makes everything possible so that Ukrainian asparagus "Gourmet z Lyubymivky" gets fresh and plenty of health benefits to the table of every Ukrainian.