The properties of the artichokes were already known in the past. Different cultures use it as digestive food or for therapeutic and even aphrodisiac reasons. Today we know that the combination of different substances in the same vegetable has remarkable health benefits.
The artichoke contains cinarina and cinaropricina, substances naturally produced only by this plant. The cinarina is diuretic and promotes bilial secretion of the liver; the cinaropricina is a preventative for cancer as confirmed by recently published scientific studies. The artichoke also contains vitamins B1, B3 and E, potassium and magnesium as well as large amounts of fiber.
Because of its composition, the artichoke is considered a very healthy food. Vitamin B1 promotes the absorption of carbohydrates. It can counteract the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco. It is also a great digestive aid, the effects of too much animal fat or of banquets can be milder if accompanied with a consumption of this vegetable.
Undoubtedly the best known property of the artichoke is its diuretic effect. It acts on the kidneys and increases the amount of urine eliminated by the organism. Therefore, its use is recommended in cases of suffering from kidney stones, hypertension and fluid retention, among others.
Other documented medical effects are the prevention of constipation and hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol, a major cause of heart attacks and other heart conditions). Due to the presence of inulin, it is also recommended for use in some cases of diabetes because it slows the absorption of glucose.
And that’s not all, but surely the most important. Remember that if you suffer from any illness you should always consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding the consumption of a food. Enjoy your meal!