Spanish Green Asparagus
Asparagus is a member of the lily family, such as onions, garlic and tulip. These vegetables are very low in calories (20 calories per 100 grams of fresh asparagus), fibre and nutrients.
Fibre helps regulate intestinal transit, reduces absorption of cholesterol and helps regulate blood sugar levels. Also protects the mucous membranes of the colon, avoiding the absorption of toxic compounds and preventing the onset of cancer. In addition, this also provides significant amounts of vegetable polyphenolic antioxidants, eliminating free radicals causing oxidative stress in cells.
As for vitamins, asparagus are a good source of vitamin k, an important factor in blood clotting; vitamin a, very necessary for vision and proper functioning of the immune system; and folic, acid essential for the proper development of the foetus especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. In addition to these, it also provides many other vitamins, such as vitamin c, e and niacin, although in a more moderate amount.
With regard to minerals, it is an excellent source of iron and copper, much needed for the production of red blood cells. They also contain, in lesser amounts, many other minerals, such as calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.