Although available all year round in the supermarkets, the official UK Asparagus season starts today and at its very best, so why not indulge yourself in this fantastic vegetable … here are some reasons why
If you suffer from spring fatigue then boost your energy levels by putting asparagus on the menu . This vegetable contains the trace element manganese. Manganese helps your body to produce SOD (superoxide dismutase), an antioxidant * that is naturally present in the body and plays a role in the production of energy in your body. This is because this antioxidant helps convert free radicals * in your body into oxygen.
* Antioxidants are vitamins and trace elements that render free radicals harmless.
* Free radicals – molecules/atoms which attach to & damage other molecules in your body.
One of the disadvantages for many people is, once you have eaten asparagus, you can really smell it when you go to the toilet. This is due to the sulphur that is in asparagus which is released into your urine. However, an advantage of the sulphur in asparagus is that it makes your skin glow and we all want that, right?
Good intestinal flora
Asparagus contains inulin. Inulin is a non-digestible carbohydrate and has an important function in our body: it is a prebiotic which literally means food for your gut bacteria, and this ensures a better survival of the good bacteria. This allows you to digest your food better which contributes to better bowel movements . Due to a better absorption of nutrients (good digestion), you also have less chance of upsetting your gut bacteria that cause all kinds of complaints such as cramps, diarrhoea and constipation. Inulin also contributes to a stable blood sugar level.
Inulin is also in onion *, garlic *, leek *, artichoke, salsify, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, sweet potato.
* These vegetables are suitable for phase 1 of the PowerSlim weight loss programme
Asparagus is a diuretic
You may notice when your period is approaching or when it is a bit hotter for a day; your rings are tighter around your fingers and at the end of the day the print of your sock is in embedded in your ankle ? You retain moisture; annoying, because you feel more bloated than usual. Put asparagus on the menu ! This vegetable contains minerals (low sodium and high potassium) and the amino acid asparagine which has a diuretic effect.
Reason enough to put asparagus on the menu? Take a look at our recipes for inspiration.
What else is in season right now ?
Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, New Potatoes, Kale, Morel Mushrooms, Parsnips, Radishes, Rhubarb, Rocket, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress.