Asparagus is a member of the lily family which includes leeks, garlic and onions.
It is an alkaline food which is rich in protein, low in calories and carbohydrates. It is an excellent source of potassium (288 milligrams per cup), folate (263 mcg per cup), vitamins A, C and K, and traces of vitamin B complex. It is rich in niacin, phosphorus and very low sodium. And, most impressively, asparagus is one of those few vegetables that actually has the ideal 2:1 calcium and magnesium ratio.
Asparagus has an abundance of an amino acid called asparagine that helps to cleanse the body of waste material which, is why some people notice smelly urine after eating asparagus.
All of the above means asparagus helps to detoxify our systems, has anti-aging functions, protects us against cancer, reduces pain and inflammation, helps in the prevention of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, reduces the risk of heart disease and can help prevent birth defects.
Also, asparagus contains a special kind of carbohydrate called inulin that we don’t digest, but the health-promoting friendly bacteria in our large intestine, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, do. When our diet contains good amounts of inulin, the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria increase. And when populations of health-promoting bacteria are large, it is much more difficult for unfriendly bacteria to gain a foothold in our intestinal tract.