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Consuming plant foods like asparagus decreases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease while providing increased energy and lower weight.

Asparagus contains high levels of folate which is important for pregnant women to protect the unborn child from miscarriage and high levels of folate have also been shown to be important in the male just prior to conception.

Folate lowers the level of homocysteine in the body which can prevent blood and nutrients from reaching the brain causing depression by interfering with the level of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrin in the body.

Low levels of folate have also been shown to increase the likelihood of developing colon, stomach, pancreatic, breast and cervical cancers

High homocysteine levels in the body can lead to an increased risk of coronary artery disease leading to a stroke.

One cup of asparagus provides 70% of the vitamin K a body needs for the day and decreases the risk of developing osteoporosis. As well as vitamin K the high levels of iron in asparagus help the bones and joints in the body maintain their strength and elasticity.

Asparagus is high in fiber which is important for the daily removal of toxins from the body as well as reducing the risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.