Artichokes are a largely overlooked vegetable. Eaten by few and grown by even less they are a tasty deviation from the standard blase fare. They can be eaten raw, steamed, baked, broiled and boiled as well as mixed into many other dishes and salads. Artichoke can be an appetizer or an entree and they have mega health benefits.
In the realm of health and nourishment they are a super-food. They are packed with phytonutrients / antioxidants which provide a hefty boost to the immune system. Multiple compounds found in fresh artichokes offer a wide range of healthy advantages in addition to immune system support. Studies have documented artichokes contributions to cancer prevention, heart health, digestive support, brain - neuro and cognitive functions, liver health, bone density and health.
The average John and Jane Q. Public consume very little artichoke, to most people it is a rarity and OMG - some people have never actually tried Artichoke - imagine that !
Digestive Support - Cynarin, a compound found abundantly in Artichoke increases bile production in our guts. Bile is a digestive fluid that does not evoke pleasant thoughts - it's something we taste when we vomit - but so long as it remains within our digestive system it helps to expedite the passage of food and waste through our intestinal tracts.
Inulin, another compound found in artichoke, it is a prebiotic. That's not a typo - a prebiotic is not a probiotic although the two serve similar functions. Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that dwell deep inside your gastrointestinal tract. They clean out the guts and keep things flowing smoothly. Like all living things, probiotics need a food supply in order to thrive and remain active and healthy, which keeps us active and healthy. Prebiotics act as food for probiotics.
Liver Health - Researchers believe that the increased bile production, not only in the digestive system - but also in the liver as a result of the compounds contained in artichoke has strong positive effects on the liver as well.
Cholesterol - Artichoke reduces bad cholesterol. A 2001 study using artichoke extract documented a reduction by roughly 20% of total blood cholesterol over a period of 6 weeks.
Longevity - Artichokes contains 12% of the recommended dose of vitamin K. Vitamin K has multiple documented benefits and adds to Human longevity .
Brain and Cognitive Functions - Artichokes contains 12% of the recommended dose of vitamin K. Vitamin K has multiple documented benefits and adds to Human longevity .
It provides protection against neuronal degeneration, keeping cognitive diseases such as Alzheimers and dementia in check among the elderly . Researchers have found that consuming more vitamin K lead to enhanced cognition in elderly people. It is also advantageous to the pre-elderly
Cancer Prevention - The anti-oxidant protection provided by artichoke is well documented and irrefutable this alone is helpful in cancer prevention. Other compounds found in artichoke such as gallic acid and rutin help to expedite the bodies ability to flush out dead and dying cells . An over abundance of dead and dying cells within the body leads to multiple forms of cancer. See Also - 12 Unexpected Artichoke Health Benefits