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The tasty, nutritious asparagus falls under the category of super foods in my books.

Asparagus photo

Here’s what I learned about asparagus.

Asparagus is:

* Rich in proteins

* High in fibre low in carbohydrates and calories

* An excellent source of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and A as well as many other minerals and B vitamins.

* Calcium and magnesium are found in the idea ratio of 2:1.

* Good for your heart

* Good for your gastrointestinal tract and colon

* Good food to help with depression

* Considered a diuretic

* Has anti-inflammatory effects

* Helps detoxify the body

* Good for nursing mothers – stimulates milk production

* Has anti-fungal and antiviral qualities

* Helps prevent bladder and urinary track infections

* Great for your capillaries – helps with preventing bruising and varicose veins

* Suppose to help stop hair loss

Almost too good to be true? That is an impressive list. And that’s not all I found. I left plenty of the supposed health benefits out – because it did sound just a bit too good to be true and would require that I spend a lot more time researching.

Having said that, I think we’ve got the picture.

How to best prepare asparagus. Lightly steamed is the most nutritious. This only takes a few minutes so don’t walk away from the stove. Use glass or stainless steel pots. When done, the stems should be a bright green color and still have a crispness to them. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt or Mrs. Dash and serve with a meal – or eat it all by itself as a snack.

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Other vegetables in the lily family include leek, onions, and garlic.

I think you would agree that Asparagus is an excellent food to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. Sometimes people avoid eating asparagus because of the smell excreted in the urine subsequent to ingestion. An amino acid called asparagine found in abundance in asparagus, is the reason behind this. Asparagine helps the body to cleanse itself of waste material.

A couple of good resources:

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disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation.

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(Beware – this information could change your exercise regime as you know it!)

Answer:    Sore Muscles

Simply put, Exercise makes them; Black Cherries get rid of them.


Give me your best shot - Lactic A

© Give me your best shot - Lactic Acid

When you exercise, your muscles will inevitably become sore.

Black Cherries, used as a remedy for sore muscles and  inflammation,  are an age-old remedy.

I’m discovering that Grandma’s remedies are proving to be more than just folklore.

Some years ago a grandmotherly friend of mine put me onto Black Cherries when I complained to her about sore muscles after exercising.

It worked then and works for me today!

Black Cherries contain powerful antioxidants and anthocyanins (anthocyanins are found in red/purplish fruits and vegetables)

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Weapon of Choice - Black Cherries

Diets rich in Cherries:

• help the body get rid inflammation and sore muscles

• help with cholesterol health

• help with weight management

• are good for the heart

During my research, I discovered that February is both American Heart Month and National Cherry Month – that should say something about this Super Fruit.

In the months of the year when Black Cherries are unavailable, the best source is Black Cherry Concentrate. (can be found in your local health store)


Ways to enjoy the benefits of Black Cherries:

• On a cold winter day, I add 1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate to a cup of herbal tea.

• On hot summer days, I mix  1 tbsp of Black Cherry concentrate with water, add a tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes.

• Or I might just sit out in the sun and help myself to a bowl of them sweet cherries.

So, no more excuses. If sore muscles are holding you back from exercising, give this simple, 100% natural Super Fruit a try. It just might work for you too.

disclaimer: The content on this post is meant for informational purposes only, and is not intended for use as official health consultation

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