Health Benefits of Asparagus
The following information states the major nutrients found in asparagus.  It also reveals
research findings on the health benefits of eating asparagus.  
Note:  Even though asparagus exhibits great nutritional benefits, it is not a complete food.
Asparagus is low in calories and carbohydrates, and compared to other vegetables it is
relatively rich in protein.  One cup of asparagus supplies only 24 calories, almost half of
which are derived from protein.  Asparagus is an excellent source of potassium, vitamin K,
folic acid (263 micrograms per cup), vitamins C and A, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin
B6.  It has an excellent ratio of potassium (288 milligrams per cup) to sodium (19.8
milligrams per up).  Asparagus is also a very good source of dietary fiber, niacin,
phosphorus, protein, and iron.  

Historically, asparagus has been used as a diuretic and in the treatment of arthritis and
rheumatism.  The amino acid asparagine may be responsible for the diuretic effect of
asparagus. When this amino acid is excreted in the urine, it gives off a strong,
characteristic odor.  
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All fruits and vegetables offer outstanding health benefits.  Nutritional research shows
that each one contains its own set of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other
important nutrients.  To get the maximum health benefits, experts recommend eating a
variety of fruits and vegetables along with other natural foods.
 


Nutrient Values (# of calories, fats, vitamins, minerals, and more)
Artichokes    
Arugula    
Asparagus    
Avocados    
Bean Sprouts  
Beans   
Beets   
Bell Peppers
Broad Beans   
Broccoli    
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
   
Carrots    
Cauliflower    
Celery   
Chard
Chickpeas    
Chilies       
Collard Greens  
Corn    
Cucumbers    
Egg Plants    
Endive
Fava Beans    
Fennel   
Garlic   
Ginger   
Green Beans  
Greens
Kale   
Leeks  
Lentils  
Lettuce
Mushrooms    
Mustard Greens
Okra   
Olives   
Onions    
Parsnips   
Peas  
Peppers    
Plantains  
Potatoes    
Pumpkins    
Radishes    
Rhubarb    
Spinach   
Squash  
Sweet Potatoes   
Tomatoes
Turnips    
Watercress    
Wheatgrass    
Yams
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The
content on this website is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.
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