Thursday, March 19, 2015

Eat your Asparagus!

Benefits of Asparagus

* Asparagus has an abundance of an amino acid called asparagine, that helps to cleanse the body of waste material. (This is what gives your urine that yucky smell after eating asparagus.)

* Asparagus has a high alkalinity which aids in lowering the acidity of the blood and helps cleanses toxins away in muscles and tissues.

* Asparagus contains a unique phytochemical  that produces anti-inflammatory effect helps relieve arthritis.

* Asparagus contains lots of fiber to aid in proper digestion and to control constipation.

* Asparagus is a anti-oxidant, containing glutathione which research shows prevents cancer. Read more about the cancer reducing benefits here.

* Asparagus is a wonderfully diuretic vegetable and even stronger when taken in juice form.

*  Drinking a small amount of asparagus juice mixed with raw honey three times a day daily to strengthen a weak or enlarged heart. (From:

* The diuretic and alkaline properties of asparagus help prevent or dissolve kidney stones by helping to break up oxalic acid crystals formed in the kidney.

Juicing with Asparagus

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

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The Benefits of Spinach

Nutritional breakdown of spinach
One cup of raw spinach contains 27 calories, 0.86 grams of protein, 30 milligrams of calcium, 0.81 grams of iron, 24 milligrams of magnesium, 167 milligrams of potassium, 2813 IUs of Vitamin A and 58 micrograms of folate.

Spinach Benefits

Spinach has more potassium then bananas!

Spinach is a great non-heme source of iron, to help give you more energy.

Spinach is also a good source or magnesium. Magnesium aids in  energy metabolism, maintaining proper muscle and nerve function, a normal heart rhythm, and helps to maintain a healthy immune system. 

Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. 

Spinach aids in lowering blood pressure because of it's high potassium content.

Spinach contains Vit K which helps to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Spinach is high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Spinach is high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

The Negative Side of Spinach

Spinach does contain oxalates. Oxalic acid is an organic compound that occurs naturally in plants, animals and in humans. It is made by the human body from other substances such as vitamin C. It can also be ingested from food and readily combines with calcium, which can form into kidney stones in certain susceptible people. Oxalates can also be found in chocolate, chard, cashews, beets and many other foods as well.  You must weigh the risks of kidney stones against the benefits of the nutrients that spinach offers.

For further research on the subject oxalates:

Healthy Spinach Recipes

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