Artichoke: Properties and Benefits

Firstly the artichoke is one of the fall-winter season vegetables. It is a very complete food, since in addition to its use in the kitchen, it has a number of properties that are very beneficial for health.
Certainly,  the flower, immature, of the artichoke is the one that has use in the kitchen and in the medicinal part. This vegetable tends to be green in most cases, although there are also violet.
Above all its high content of water, fiber and inulin directly relate it to a positive product for digestion, fat burning and cholesterol control.

Properties and benefits of the artichoke for health

Different properties are attributed to the “artichoke”, mostly linked to the functioning of the liver and gallbladder, favoring digestive and the removal of toxins in the urine. Therefore, the inclusion of this vegetable in the diet or its intake as a medicinal plant provides great health benefits at different levels. Take note of its main virtues and to whom it is best to consume it:

Cynarin and luteolin, a flavonoid present in many green and yellow plants, give the artichoke a clear hepatoprotective effect. Improving liver activity, as well as restoring damaged liver tissue. While being choleretic, that is, stimulating the making of bile from the gallbladder.

Vitamins A and C give it an antiradical, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.

Certainly the bitter principles the artichoke behave as stimulants of gastrointestinal motility and stimulate the appetite, and favor a comfortable digested of the food consumed.

Inulin, a type of polysaccharide common in certain plants of the compound family, exerts a clear diuretic and laxative activity, by stimulating intestinal motility, favoring the emission of urine and causing a necessary renal organic cleansing.

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Against health deficits:

Moreover the artichoke help lack of appetite, anorexic states, symptoms of weakness and convalescence.

Liver disorders, jaundice, liver damage due to overusing of medicines or side effects caused by them.

Treatment and prevention of gallstones.

Food allergies, for their capacity for liver regenerate.

Hepatic inflammation or hepatitis, as support for usual medicines.

Above all, treatment to control cholesterol naturally. Artichoke extracts help reduce LDL cholesterol levels in blood in long-term treatments.

1 – It helps reduce triglyceride levels.

2 – The artichoke it acts as a potent diuretic useful for combating edema and fluid retention.

3 – That is to say, it is a diuretic agent, which serves as a support to keep blood pressure levels at bay in hypertensive people.

4 – It prevents the appearance of coronary accidents and vascular disease, by reducing the risk of developing arteriosclerosis.

5 – It exerts a clear purifying effect on the kidney, prevents the formation of stones.

6 – It favors the reduction of urea and uric acid in blood.

7 – Patients affected by gout.

Due to its fiber content, it also favors intestinal transit and prevents constipation.

Because of the presence of inulin, a carbohydrate that is metabolize into fructose. It may be interesting to include “artichoke” in the diet of diabetics.

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