Artichokes – Healthy Eating

Artichokes, which can be eaten or taken as artichoke leaf extract, have been shown to improve various digestive health disorders. They significantly lower blood cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis, enhance detoxification reactions, as well as protect the liver from damage. Artichokes are packed with antioxidants, making them incredible defenders against cancer, aging, heart disease, and illness. They boost the immune system and lower cholesterol. Artichokes are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that increase health and wellbeing. These include:

  • Quercetin - An anti-carcinogen flavonoid that works as an antioxidant to protect against cancer and heart disease.
  • Rutin - A flavonoid which promotes cardiovascular health, helps prevent cell proliferation associated with cancer, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties.
  • Anthocyanins - Color pigments in Artichokes that are powerful antioxidants. They are associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, urinary tract health, memory function and healthy aging.
  • Gallic Acid - A potent antioxidant also found in red wine and black tea. It has been shown to inhibit cell proliferation in prostate cancer cells.
  • Luteolin and Cynarin - Very powerful polyphenol antioxidants that may lower cholesterol levels. Artichokes are very concentrated in cyanarin, which may also help in regeneration of liver tissue.
  • Caffeic Acid and Chlorogenic Acid - Contains anti-cancer, antimicrobial, anti-LDL (bad cholesterol) and antiviral properties.
  • Silymarin - A powerful antioxidant that may aid the liver in regenerative tissue growth.

One artichoke contains approximately one fourth of the average adult`s daily fiber requirements. It is also packed with vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and magnesium!!

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