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What You Should Know About Asparagus

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The Ancient Greeks believed that Asparagus was an herbal medicine that can cure toothaches and prevent bee stings. The Romans grew this vegetable in their high-walled courtyards. Know scientists have confirmed that asparagus is one of the top sources of folic acid, a vitamin that prevents birth defects early in pregnancy. A single helping, which is about 5 medium spears provides 60 percent of the RDA for folic acid, plus Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and fiber. Asparagus also contains valuable phytochemicals or plant nutrients that may play a key role in both cancer prevention and normal functioning of the immune system. To preserve the good stuff, don’t overcook asparagus. Spare the tips but trim the ends. Nutrient content is the highest at the top and decreases as you go down.