Amazing Health Benefits of Artichokes;
* High in Antioxidants ( The Best ) :
artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable and they ranked seventh in a study of the antioxidant levels of 1,000 different foods. Some of the powerful antioxidants in artichokes are quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin.
* Increased Bile Flow :
The pulp of artichoke leaves contains a polyphenol antioxidant called cynarin which increases bile flow.
* Good for the Liver :
Thanks to cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin, artichokes are very beneficial to the liver. Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue. Artichokes have long been used in folk and alternative medicine as a treatment for liver ailments and the scientific studies are now proving them to be correct.
* Cholesterol Reduction :
Ingredients in artichoke leaves have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
* Better Digestion :
Artichokes help the digestive system. They are a natural Diuretic, they aid digestion, improve gallbladder function and, as mentioned above, they are of great benefit to the liver.
* High in Fiber :
One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber. A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes.
Good for Colon Health
* Hangover Treatment :
Thanks to their positive effects on the liver, many people swear by artichokes as a hangover treatment. Instead of the hair of the dog, try the leaves of an artichoke.