With its woody stems and pointy spears, asparagus is your ally against wrinkles, water retention and quite possibly, cancer. In fact, you can cleanse your face, dry up sores, and even treat acne by applying this trooper directly to your skin. With asparagus in your corner, it seems like half the battle is already won.

Lean, green, and mean, this vegetable gets you looking your best. Packed with amino acids, antioxidants, and a barrage of vitamins, this green stalk even contains vitamin C that boosts the production of collagen. Just one serving of asparagus provides more than half the recommended intake of folic acid — an essential element for maintaining cardiovascular health and prevention of birth defects during pregnancy. It also contains carbohydrate insulin, which promotes a healthy growth of bacteria in the large intestine to aid in overall digestion. 

Here's how you can incorporate more asparagus into your meals: