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Asparagus

Asparagus: Asparagus is a member of the lily family, which includes onions, leeks and garlic. Asparagus is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of folic acid (folate) and vitamin K. Asparagus also contains vitamins C and A, tryptophan, B1, B2, manganese, fiber, B6, copper, B3, phosphorus, protein, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium and calcium. Asparagus have detoxifying and diuretic effects. They contain the phytochemical glutathione which has antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. The Folate contained in asparagus is involved in the methylation cycle. Methylation reactions are the body’s “spark plugs” in a wide variety of very important reactions including the chemicals norepinephrine changing into adrenaline, and serotonin into melatonin. Folate and B6 in asparagus (along with B12) are involved in the changing of homocysteine into cysteine. High levels of homocysteine ane a marker for heart disease.

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