Posted on February 2, 2013 Asparagus is a fantastic healing vegetable that is high in essential minerals such as selenium, zinc, and manganese, which are vital for a strong and healthy immune system. Asparagus is also high in vitamins A, K, and B-complex including folate, which is a building block for a healthy cardiovascular system and for woman who are trying to conceive. - Asparagus contains aspartic acid, which is an amino acid that neutralizes excess amounts of ammonia in the body that is often the cause of exhaustion, headaches, and poor digestion. - Asparagus also contains significant amounts of healthy fiber and protein, which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent constipation, stabilize digestion, and stop the urge to overeat. - Asparagus contains a compound called asparagine, which is a natural diuretic that breaks up oxalic and uric acid crystals stored in muscles and in the kidneys and eliminates them through the urine. This natural diuretic is helpful in reducing water retention, bloating, and swelling in the body. - Asparagus is also high in glutathione which is an antioxidant powerhouse and particularly beneficial for those suffering with autoimmune conditions, liver disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. - Asparagus is known to help strengthen the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments, and bones and its chlorophyll content makes it a great blood builder. - Asparagus also contains inulin, which encourages good bacteria in the gut that boosts nutrient absorption and helps to keep the immune system functioning properly. Asparagus is a nutrient-packed, delicious vegetable that can be eaten raw or steamed and added to soup, salads, stews, rice, and/or veggie dishes.