A German clinical trial found that artichoke leaf extract (ALE) significantly reduced levels of ‘bad' cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
Artichoke also provides the carbohydrate inulin, a fiber that is indigestible by humans (and therefore low in calories) yet very nourishing for the good bacteria lining the intestines. Inulin is helpful for maintaining blood sugar levels that are already in the normal range.
Artichoke may also promote cardiovascular health.
Research on Artichoke has found that it promotes liver health. Artichokes encourages bile secretion in the liver and it also helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range. Not only this, Artichoke can alleviate occasional indigestion and support bowel health.
The Artichoke plant is one of the oldest known cultivated vegetables. The Artichoke is said to have originated in Northern Africa or Southern Europe, and has since spread around the world. The Artichoke was a very valuable and expensive food in ancient Greece and Rome, and depictions of Artichoke were found on ancient Eqyptian papyri and sacrificial altars.
Artichokes are rich in fiber, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Artichoke is a good source of magnesium, manganese and potassium. Chromium, biotin, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin A are also found in Artichoke. Not only that, there is an amazing abundance of antioxidants in Artichoke, including quercetin, rutin, anthocyanins, gallic acid, luteolin, cynarin, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, and silymarin!
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