We always hear the same thing: “You should eat vegetables because they are good for you”.
True, but some people wonder why they are actually good for you. What do certain vegetables provide?
For example, what kind of benefits do we get from eating artichokes?
In fact, this funny looking vegetable may provide some important benefits for your health.
Originally from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region, artichokes (cynara cardunculus) have been used medicinally for years, supporting liver and gallbladder function.
The leaves of the plant are commonly used for supplements. However, the roots and the immature flower heads may also contain beneficial compounds
Artichoke extract stimulates bile production, promoting fat digesting and increasing the metabolism. It’s a great product to relieve occasional indigestion as well as mild heartburn.
Some natural cholesterol products add artichoke extract to their formulas in order to balance LDL cholesterol and triglyceride production in the liver and, therefore, support cardiovascular function.
Some people enjoy trying different things and may want to give it a try to a very unique hot beverage. Artichokes can also be made into an herbal tea, providing the same health benefits in a very distinguished taste.
Learning about fresh produce can be a very interesting way to find out the benefits from specific fruits and vegetables, just like globe artichokes.
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