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Artichoke
 

 

Artichoke
Category: plant / herb

Artichokes have been eaten as a vegetable since Roman times, and been used as a digestive aid since the 16th century. Artichokes are beneficial to the gallbladder, kidneys and liver. Studies have shown artichokes relieve liver related gallbladder or abdominal discomfort.

 
 

Health Benefits

Protects and supports liver and bile
Traditionally used in European pharmaceutical remedies to help the liver, gallbladder, and a digestion aid. Artichokes contain a substance that helps our liver form bile. Bile is required in the digestive process to break down cholesterol from the fat we consume. If our liver does not produce enough bile, cholesterol cannot be broken down properly and high cholesterol problems can occur. Even people who eat a low fat diet can have high cholesterol if they have liver problems. Artichokes also relieve liver related gallbladder or abdominal discomfort.

Helps to reduce fat and cholesterol levels
Researchers in Germany showed that artichoke extract substantially lowered volunteers’ blood fats and cholesterol. However, whether eating the artichoke itself will bring about a similar result, has still not been substantially proven.

Natural diuretic
Artichokes arealso a natural diuretic (promotes urination) and can help in relieving fluid retention.

Diabetes help
Artichokes have also been recommended for diabetics because theycontain inulin. Inulin belongs to a class of fiber known as fructans. The main feature of inulin is that it is indigestible by the human digestve system. (That means it passes through our digestive system intact.) This resistance to digestion may imit the rise in blood sugar levels after eating.

Nutrient value
One medium artichoke contains 20% of our daily vitamin C requirement. Artichoke is also a good source of folate, iron, niacin, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

 
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