Asparagus may have the ability to act as a cox-2 inhibitor because of its linoleic acid content as well as other molecules in the vegetable. Because of this, it is good at reducing pain. It is a very good anti inflammatory food that’s great for preventing cancer.1,2
Asparagus is considered one of the best libido-boosting foods and it can help balance out your mood. 1 cup has about 20% of your daily requirement of folate, which is a naturally occurring form of folic acid. Folate helps regulates the production of histamine, which is a chemical in the body that is released during an orgasm and it helps dilate your blood vessels 2
Asparagus is also a good source of prebiotics, which help increase the number of good bacteria in your gut.
The vegetable is a natural diuretic and has a similar effect on the intestinal tract as a prebiotic so it works great for bloating, constipation, and helping out your digestion.2,3 Eat a ½ cup of Asparagus when you feel bloated.
- Jang D, Cuendet M, Fong H, Pezzuto J, Kinghorn A. Constituents of Asparagus officinalis evaluated for inhibitory activity against cyclooxygenase-2. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry [serial online]. April 21, 2004;52(8):2218-2222.
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- Sabater-Molina M, Larqué E, Torrella F, Zamora S. Dietary fructooligosaccharides and potential benefits on health. Journal Of Physiology And Biochemistry [serial online]. September 2009;65(3):315-328.