I love artichokes in a salad, in a sandwich, on a pizza or in any dish and thought I should let you know of the benefits of artichokes.
Artichokes are vegetables that are high in fiber and low in fat making them an ideal weight loss food. They’re also a natural diuretic which means they are able to help flush the body of edema and reduce bloating and overall water retention. They are a good source of folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, B-complex, potassium, copper, iron, and antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercertin, rutin, cynarin, luteolin and silymarin. Silymarin is highly beneficial for the liver and has been shown to regenerate liver tissue making them a great food for those suffering with liver problems or those trying to cleanse and detox the body. Artichokes also contain a compound called inulin which provides nutrition to the good health promoting bacteria in the intestinal tract. This inulin also has been shown to help balance and stabilize blood glucose levels making them an excellent choice for diabetics. Artichokes are also known to aid digestion and improve gallbladder function which makes them good for those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or other digestive ailments. Artichokes have the ability to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). This ability also helps to prevent excessive fatty deposits in the liver and blood which protects the body from arteriosclerosis. Artichoke leaf extract has been shown to kill off cancer cells and protect the liver from oxidative stress. Fresh steamed artichokes have a rich, nutty flavor that make them delicious!