Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 27 February 2013 Asparagus It is thought that asparagus stimulates immunity and also may help to lower cholesterol. It is a good source of folate and vitamin E. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » It is thought that asparagus stimulates immunity and also may help to lower cholesterol. It is a good source of folate and vitamin E. It also contains fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic. Green asparagus contains more phytochemicals than white asparagus. FOS is not destroyed by cooking, but the folate content can be preserved by steaming the asparagus until tender.An average serving of asparagus weighs 125g. Calories 13 Potassium 110 mg Fibre 0,7g Folate 74 mcg Vitamin E 1,2mg Carotenes 255 mcg Vitamin C 5mg Per 100 g cooked More in Diet and nutrition Are you eating enough 'powerhouse' vegetables? More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.