|Health Benefits Overview
Since ancient times asparagus has been thought to have special healthful qualities. Modern research has proven that asparagus does contain certain substances which are vital to overall health.
Asparagus is rich in Folacin, which has been shown to have importance in the duplication of cells for growth and repair of the body. Folacin also contributes to blood cell reproduction in the bone marrow. As a B vitamin, Folacin is important to women of child bearing age, since it might help prevent some neural tube defects.
According to the National Cancer Institute (USA), asparagus is the highest tested food containing Glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters. Additionally, asparagus is high in Rutin, which is valuable in strengthening the blood vessels.