Artichokes

artichokes

The Romans and Egyptians revered the artichoke for its healing abilities. They believed the artichoke heart can cleanse the blood and heal the liver and gallbladder. Research has shown they were wise for their time. Artichokes can lower your cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, cleanse the liver, and help with digestion. Artichokes may even help with your hangover. People who enjoy rich food and wine can benefit from eating artichokes.

The Globe Artichoke is rich in the following:

  • Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Quercertin
  • Rutin
  • Cynarin
  • Silymarin
  • Anthocyanin

Artichokes can improve your skin luminosity, boost your immune system, fight cancer and other illnesses, and improve irritable bowel issues. The Cynarin and Silymarin assists in digestion by increasing bile production and reduces your chance of gallstones. The antioxidant Anthocyanin may even improve your memory.

The USDA rated artichokes to be #7 in the top ten antioxidant rich foods. Treat yourself to this delicious vegetable once a week. I love to steam them and eat them with some lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle some salt in the olive oil for extra flavor.

When we were in Italy, they served them in between a brick. I hope to learn how to make them; they were amazing.

References:
http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-artichoke.html
http://epicureantable.com/articles/aartichoke.htm
http://organicgardeningnewsandinfo.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/health-benefits-of-artichokes/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/321231-artichoke-nutrition-health/

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