5 GREAT REASONS TO EAT ARTICHOKES
1. ANTIOXIDANT KING
The artichoke can be classified as a superfood due to the high levels of antioxidants it contains, most notably cynarin. Besides this powerful chemical constituent, it also contains silymarin, quercertin, rutin, luteolin, and various anthocyanins.
2. GASTRIC BENEFITS
One large artichoke contains approximately 120 grams of fiber, which is three times the recommended daily intake of fiber for adults. Additionally, certain bioactive agents contained within the pulpy flesh of artichoke leaves have been shown to enhance the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, as well as assist in the increase of HDL (good cholesterol) and the decrease of LDL (bad cholesterol).
3. CANCER PREVENTATIVE
Scientific studies show that the flavanoids in artichokes reduce cell proliferation of many types of cancers including prostate, ovarian, breast and leukemia.
4. YOUR LIVER’S BEST FRIEND
Historically artichoke has been used in traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of liver conditions. Recent scientific studies show that artichokes are highly beneficial to the liver because they contain high levels of cynarin and silymarin, elements that help to increase bile flow, and may even contribute to the regeneration of damaged liver tissue.
5. SAY GOODBYE TO THAT HANGOVER?
With regards to artichokes being a cure for a hangover, scientific studies have been inconclusive. However, many people swear that eating artichokes after of a night of excessive drinking definitely remedies the discomfort.