by Erin McCleary

 If you haven’t tried asparagus yet, now is the time to do it! You will start to see this nutrient-packed veggie popping up in grocery stores and farmer’s markets more often because it’s a spring vegetable. Asparagus is my favorite vegetable by a long shot, and I can’t wait for the great taste it offers in-season!

 You may be thinking, all I know is that Asparagus makes your pee smell bad! Well I’m here to tell you that it is easily one of the best vegetables for you out there, and if cooked right, Asparagus can be the best tasting too. With all the positive benefits of this superfood, you’ll forget about the weird-smelling pee in no time!

 1. Nutrient Dense

Asparagus is a good source of fiber, folate, Vitamins A, C, E, and K. So not only does it give you a ton of important nutrients to help you live a healthy life, it helps you feel fuller longer because of its high fiber content.

 2. Antioxidant Power

Asparagus has the power to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals, which may help slow the aging process and prevent cancer among several other health benefits.

 3. A Healthy Brain

The folate asparagus offers can work with Vitamin B-12 to fight cognitive decline as we age, preserving memories, keeping you sharp, and enabling you to interact with family and friends for as long as possible.

 4. It’s a Natural Diuretic

The high levels of the amino acid asparagine serves as a natural diuretic in the body, which increases urination. But what is so great about that? Increased urination helps excrete excess salts in the body, which helps decrease bloat and other medical conditions such as edema. It can also help decrease the blood pressure of those who suffer from hypertension and other heart-related diseases.

 To cook Asparagus, I suggest tossing in olive oil, salt, and ground black pepper. Lay flat across on an aluminum foil-covered cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.

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