One of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables at the market, asparagus improves skin, hair, and overall health. Asparagus is full of skin-feeding nutrients such as Vitamin C and E. Vitamin E improves skin tone. It is an antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals produced by our skin. Additionally, it protects the skin from harmful UV rays and thus improves visible signs of aging skin from sun damage. Like vitamin E, vitamin C also functions as an antioxidant caring for the skin by eliminating free radicals and offsetting the damage. In asparagus, vitamin C helps to promote the production of collagen which is a naturally occurring protein fiber that maintains the firmness of the skin. Finally, this super vitamin helps to prevent melanin production which creates dark spots and skin discoloration, thus maintaining an even skin tone.
Asparagus contains glutathione, a phytochemical with antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties that help to protect the cells of the body from the harmful toxins. As a side effect, glutathione makes the skin lighter as it protects the cells from free radicals responsible for skin pigmentation and blemishes.
The diuretic properties of asparagus help flush toxins from the liver. When toxins build up in the liver, they can have a negative impact on your skin. Asparagus is believed to slow down the symptoms of aging in the skin. Because asparagus is nourishing the skin from within it is great for psoriasis, skin dryness, and acne. Theses beautiful green spears are rich in vitamins and minerals making it a great source for overall skin health.
This plant-based protein is full of fiber, while extremely low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a great choice for anyone trying to lose a few pounds and build muscle, as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
While eating asparagus can make your pee smell, it is actually a good thing. The smell is a sign the toxins are being flushed out of your system – so celebrate the odor!
Good For: anti-aging, acne, sun-seekers, eczema, psoriasis
Asparagus is the epitome of a spring vegetable. This classic veggie is best when it is prepared simply. I like to either oven roast my asparagus, or if weather permits, toss it on the grill. Be sure to add a fatty oil as it helps your body receive the vitamin E.
- 1 bundle of asparagus
- Drizzle with EVOO
- Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
- Toss in the oven at 400 for about 12 minutes (you want it to turn bright green and tender)
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice and serve
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