When shopping for fresh asparagus, look for crisp, firm, straight green spears with closed, compact tips. Check for excess drying on the bottoms. And choose a bunch that are all the same length and diameter (so they will all cook in the same time frame). Check the bottom of the spears for signs of excessive drying. Avoid spears that have spreading tips and those that are yellowish, soft, or wilted. Choose a bunch with spears that are a uniform diameter, so all will cook in the same amount of time. When buying fresh asparagus, choose the thickest spears, which tend to have more tender pulp inside.
Why Asparagus? Asparagus have a high content of vitamin K and folate compared to other vegetables. The amount of folic acid helps prevent serious birth defects if eaten at the time of conception. Asparagus can also help relieve menstrual cramps, and help with certain fertility problems. The vegetable is also known for helping to increase milk supply in lactating mothers.
As for its antioxidant properties, asparagus helps in slowing down the aging process. It naturally detoxifies the body and can help get rid of warts. Asparagus is also known for helping to increase the success and recovery rate of chemotherapy if eaten on a regular basis.
In regard to major organ function benefits, asparagus is known to help assure that your heart is in top condition by lowering cholesterol and reducing high blood pressure. Asparagus is known to cleanse and strengthen the gastrointestinal tract and colon as well as treat arthritis, asthma, water retention, PMS due to the fact that it is considered to be a diuretic (anti-inflammatory).