Artichokes which are a variety of thistle are actually considered as a super food. This is a Mediterranean delicacy and the edible part is the bud within the flower head but it must be used before the flower blooms. Their scientific name is Cynara Cardunculus.Artichokes have culinary use and also have medicinal uses. The heart of the bud is the most delectable part.Artichokes have immense health benefits some of which are mentioned below.
Good For Maintaining Weight
Helps Control Blood Pressure
Artichokes are a rich source of antioxidants. The flavanoids, vitamin C and polyphenols all have a cumulative effect and prevent the formation of cancerous cells. Thus artichokes are useful in preventing cancer.
Good For The Digestive System
Artichokes have large amounts of dietary fibers which help in smooth bowel movements. They also stimulate the secretion of gastric juices and bile and help in proper digestion of food.
The fiber in artichokes helps in getting rid of the excess cholesterol thereby preventing the deposition of plaque on the inner walls of the arteries and thus prevents the occurrence of heart diseases.
Good For The Liver
Artichokes are found to form and repair the tissues of the liver. Artichokes contain two anti oxidants cynarin and silymarin which help remove the toxins from the liver and improve the functioning of liver.
Good For The Bones
Good For The Brain
Reduces Hangover Symptoms
Good For Pregnant Women
Maintains Cholesterol Levels
Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
Good For The Blood
It contains manganese, magnesium and vitamin B complex all of which are known to improve the metabolic activity of the body.