The artichoke has become a true and authentic delicacy for many and can be a suitable food in slimming diets, as it can help you lose weight and lose those extra pounds.
It is also healthy food that cannot be missing from a balanced diet, as it has important benefits and diverse properties that are very important for health.
In addition, they are delicious in salads and hot dishes, and are ideal for children and adults, thanks to the different virtues it has.
Do you know what the artichoke is?
While the artichoke is the fruit obtained from the artichoke plant, before knowing what it is we must know a little more about the plant itself. In this sense, the artichoke basically consists of a perennial plant that can reach up to 2 meters high, which belongs to the family of compounds.
It has very characteristic leaves, with lobes (but without spines), with a lobed appearance, which can reach 60 centimeters in length. Its flowers are bluish, and we find them in many parts of the world, especially in the different areas of the Mediterranean.
The scientific name of the artichoke is Cynara scolymus L., and it is also known even by the name of the plant itself, or by the name of artichoke.
What are the benefits of the artichoke?
The artichoke leaf contains magnesium, potassium, and sterols, which act in some synergy with cynarin, a substance both aromatic and bitter. In fact, it is to these compounds that we owe its main qualities (at least, the most important ones).
Ideal for natural liver care
In the case of common liver problems, you probably already know that artichoke becomes an excellent option as a natural (and very effective) treatment. Why? This is because the artichoke acts as a natural hepatoprotection, a quality that means it helps protect the various liver cells in a completely natural way.
This hepatoprotective quality is due to the presence of caffeic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, and caffeoylquinic acid.
Moreover, its effect on the liver (not only its protective action) is due to the presence of cynarin, its main active principle, which as we will see in the following lines also acts very beneficially on the gallbladder.
As far as the care and protection of the liver are concerned, the artichoke is very interesting in the case of fatty liver, liver failure, jaundice, and hepatitis.
Artichoke useful for digestion
As we mentioned before, the cynarin present in the artichokes gives us the main qualities that this wonderful food offers. Thus, for example, it helps the function of the gall bladder. In this way, it helps stimulate the production of bile and promotes the expulsion of fat.
This means that, among other interesting aspects, artichokes are very suitable for the correct digestion of fats. For this reason, it is interesting in the case of indigestion, gas, and flatulence.
Regarding its qualities on the gallbladder itself, did you know that it is also useful in case of dyspepsia caused by the presence of stones or stones in the gallbladder?
Artichoke for high cholesterol
In the case of high cholesterol, the artichoke also becomes an excellent natural choice, thanks precisely to the fact that it acts as a wonderful liver tonic, helping the liver to better metabolize fats.
That is to say, thanks to the presence of the acids we have mentioned above, together with cynarin, it helps to reduce the high levels of cholesterol in the blood, preventing arteriosclerosis.
The main properties of the artichoke, in summary
As we indicated, artichoke has a very important regulatory activity of bile secretion, which is indicated in cases of poor digestion of fats, jaundice, and lazy liver.
It helps to regenerate liver cells, helping to combat toxic substances, and maybe ideal in cases of fatty liver, while being able to reduce high cholesterol.
In addition, the artichoke can become an excellent purifier, helping our body to expel the various toxins and substances it does not need.
For this reason, we should not forget about their consumption in slimming and weight control diets either.