FOOD PROPERTIES OF ARTICHOKES
Artichokes nutrition facts
Cynarin, natural medicine for your liver.
Inulin, a body cleanser.
A very suitable food for diabetics.
The best food for liver and gallbladder
Artichoke has always been considered very healthy. Recent studies have shown that this food is a real natural medicine for our liver.
The reason for this property has to be found in one of its main components: cynarin.
This component has choleretic properties, that's to say, it increases the production of bile by the liver.
Artichokes for cholesterol and gallstones
The increase of bile contributes not only to a better digestion of food, but a decrease in the levels of cholesterol because it facilitates its expulsion from the body and reduces its production in the liver. (Cynarin is widely used as a supplement for the treatment of cholesterol, resulting an alternative method to traditional and highly effective drugs) Cynarin can prevent liver congestion and prevent many liver diseases, such as hepatitis or liver failure.
We must not forget that this component has cholagogue properties (it stimulates the production of bile juices) By stimulating the production of the gallbladder, it improves digestion of food, reduces the work of draining the liver and gallbladder. All in all, it prevents the formation of gallstones.
Apart from cynarin, artichokes contain inulin, and caffeic acid, two components with hepatho- regenerative properties. That's to say, the have the ability to regenerate cells of this organ and consequently promote their healing.
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A food with diuretic properties
Artichoke is a food rich in diuretic components, capable of removing body fluids. It is very rich in acids (chlorogenic acid, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid) that together with its contents in cynarin and minerals (especially rich in potassium and very good in magnesium and calcium) make this food one of the main resources to increase urination. This property can be used in many situations where it is desirable to increase urine output: fluid retention, obesity, rheumatism, hypertension, kidney stones, excess of uric acid, swelling during the premenstrual syndrome, etc.
As for the treatment of obesity, one must be aware that this food has very few calories and a a lot of water. Its richness in potassium compensates for its high sodium content. Furthermore, it is rich in fiber which produces a satiety and avoids having to eat other much more caloric foods, less suitable for people who want to lose weight.
A purifying food, very suitable for the control of diabetes and constipation and for the prevention of cancer
Artichoke is a highly recommended food for people with diabetes. It contains a polysaccharide called inulin, which helps lower levels of blood sugar. This component is very common in plants of the daisy family. In fact, fructose is produced for human consumption from inulin extracted from chicory and other vegetables, like onions or garlic,
With regard to cancer prevention, it should be noted that inulin has bifidogenic properties: Like yogurt, it stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestine and reduces the level of pathogenic bacteria. This determines a cleansing of the colon. Consequently it benefits the body which is less exposed to the occurrence of intestinal diseases, such as cancer.
A food high in iron and vitamin B
Artichoke contains a good amount of vitamin B, (specially vitamin B 3 or Niacin) Vitamin B is required, among other functions, for the conversion of carbohydrates into energy and for a good maintenance of the nervous system. Eating artichokes will help you make better digestion (a good combination when you eat a lot is to add some roasted artichokes to the menu because they help to digest other foods better.)
At the same time, it can remedy or prevent the onset of diseases such as nervousness, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. Besides, we do not have to forget that niacin aids to stabilize the sugar levels in blood and improves circulation.
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