What are the health benefits of eating asparagus?

Dole Nutrition Institute
Asparagus contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber that’s indigestible by humans but can selectively nourish the “good” gut bacteria that line our intestinal tract and thereby protect us against ”bad” bacteria, like E. coli. Asparagus tests highest among sources of glutathione, one of the most potent antioxidants, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Asparagus has historically been used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, and as a diuretic. The diuretic effect of asparagus may be due to the amino acid asparagine, which when excreted in the urine gives off a strong, characteristic odor.

The benefit in arthritis may be the result of recently identified phytochemical antioxidants (racemofuran, asparagamine A, and racemosol), as well as inhibitors of the COX-2 enzyme, which produces inflammatory compounds.
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