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Detox Foods: Asparagus

By on Feb 1, 2013

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This series of articles looks at how certain foods can help the body to clear toxins from the body. January is usually a month when people start to cut down on alcohol, start exercising and generally lead a healthier lifestyle. There are certain foods that are packed full of vitamins and nutrients, and also help the body in the detox process. These foods are a great way to supplement your healthier lifestyle. Asparagus is now available throughout the year and has many health benefits, alongside aiding detox. Read on to discover how asparagus removes toxins…

a delicious vegetable, asparagus removes toxinsAsparagus contains glutathione, which is an amino acid that is required for the detoxification process in the liver. This amino acid helps to remove toxins during phase 2 of liver detoxification process. Phase 2 detoxification removes harmful toxic compounds from the liver. Asparagus can help this process and in turn improve energy levels.

Asparagus helps to detoxify the gut by increasing the growth of “friendly” bacteria. This vegetable is a good source of soluble fibre. It contains a prebiotic fibre called inulin, which helps to stimulate the growth of friendly probiotic bacteria. This friendly bacteria help to neutralise toxins and support the immune system.

This vegetable is also an excellent source of potassium, vitamins A, C, E and K, magnesium and iron. These vitamins and minerals provide asparagus with antioxidant activity that helps to keep the heart and immune system healthy.  These antioxidants also help to remove harmful free radical toxins from the body.

Asparagus also contain B vitamins, which can help to maintain a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system.

We hope that this health information article from Healthy3 has helped you learn of the detox properties of asparagus and how asparagus removes toxins.