Artichoke has been known for more than five thousand years. In Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Rome, it was used to treat liver and gallbladder diseases, as well as to cleanse the blood. It was considered a powerful aphrodisiac and a delicacy. Artichoke was attributed with magical properties: it was believed that its consumption contributed to the birth of boys.
To enjoy the incredible taste of this fruit all year round, the Roman wealthy made preparations from it with the addition of cumin, vinegar, and honey.
It’s enough to study the composition of the plant to make the benefits of artichokes obvious.
So, let’s try to evaluate the beneficial properties of this plant and its importance for the human body.
Artichokes contain a large number of important substances for us:
- Vitamins B2, B6, B9, E.
- Ascorbic and folic acids.
- Vitamin D.
- Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese, copper, selenium, and zinc.
The effect of artichokes on the liver and kidneys:
Artichokes can be said to affect the liver as hepatoprotective. When affecting the kidneys, cynarin contained in artichokes stimulates the excretion of waste products from the tissues, while having a diuretic effect and significantly accelerates the excretion of excess salts and fluids from the body. All available active substances protect the liver cells from toxins.
Along with caring, artichokes contain inulin, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. These and many other biological components make it possible to produce the right amount of bile and digest fats and proteins, also prevent the development of cholecystitis, and reduce gas formation in the intestines.
Cynarin also lowers blood cholesterol levels, which is a prevention of atherosclerosis.
Since artichokes contain inulin, they should be included in the diet for diabetes mellitus, since inulin is used as a substitute for starch and sugar. It is also noted that inulin is a probiotic for intestinal microflora.
It is also believed that artichoke is a powerful aphrodisiac that increases libido and restores sexual function. An excellent option would be a romantic dinner where you prepare dishes that contain artichokes.
It is not recommended to use artichokes for medicinal purposes in case of gastritis, hypotension (low blood pressure), cholelithiasis, chronic renal failure, and individual intolerance.
So, adding such an interesting and tasty product to your diet will improve your health and add spice to your life.