The Health Benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus is truly a super food. It has many amazing health benefits, on top of tasting absolutely delicious! Asparagus is great for the thyroid, liver, spleen and pancreas.

This time of year, our livers take a beating with all the holiday celebrations, so asparagus is a great way to help off-set that a bit. Asparagus also has natural pain relieving properties, helping to reduce inflammation in the body.

I found this interesting write up on SmithsonianMag.com about why asparagus makes our urine smell when we eat it. “Asparagusic acid, as the name implies, is (to our knowledge) only found in asparagus. When our bodies digest the vegetable, they break down this chemical into a group of related sulfur-containing compounds with long, complicated names (including dimethyl sulfide, dimethyl disulfide, dimethyl sulfoxide and dimethyl sulfone). As with many other substances that include sulfur—such as garlic, skunk spray and odorized natural gas—these sulfur-containing molecules convey a powerful, typically unpleasant scent.”

I personally love the taste of asparagus. I love it roasted in the oven with garlic powder, salt and pepper (simple yet tasty) and I LOVE it in soups! My kids won’t eat roasted asparagus but they will eat it when I blend it into a soup!

One of my favorite recipes is my LOVE YOUR THYROID SOUP! It’s vey easy to make and a great way to sneak more asparagus into your diet.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 red potatoes, chopped
3 cups asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces, woody ends removed
5 cups of chicken stock/bone broth (or vegetable stock if making this vegan)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tsp dulse or kelp flakes

Method:
Sautee carrots, onions, garlic and celery until vegetables are soft (about 2 minutes) in the olive oil. Add the potatoes, broth, asparagus and dulse/kelp. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Use your immersion blender to make it nice and creamy! I like to add a splash of hot sauce or lemon juice to mine for a little extra zing! It’s also great if you add some sautéed portobello mushrooms after you’ve blended! Enjoy!
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