The nutrient-rich artichoke tea contains vitamins, folate, and minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, and iron that have health benefits for the liver and help detoxify the body. Oher health benefits of artichoke tea include lowering blood pressure, aiding weight loss, and optimizing digestive processes, to name a few.
Artichokes are known in their natural form as cardoon, and their scientific classification is Cynara cardunculus. They are a native to the Mediterranean region, which is primarily why they play such a major part in their cuisine. Artichokes can be found throughout Europe, the Middle Eastern countries, and America, but they are less frequently encountered in Asian nations. The edible part of an artichoke is the bud within the flower head before it fully blooms. Timing is key in cultivating them, as they turn hard and nearly inedible once the flower has fully bloomed. Also, one of the most sought-after parts of the thistle is the “heart”, which is the base from which the other buds spring. It is often considered a delicacy or at least the most delicious part of the plant and is generally more expensive.
Artichokes are low in saturated fat and cholesterol while being a rich source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They contain vitamins which include vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, B-12, A, E, D, and vitamin K. They also provide minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.
Put a teaspoon of artichoke leaf into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup three times per day, before meals.
This vegetable is very dense in antioxidants, such as quercetin and rutin, as well as vitamin C, all of which can help protect the skin from chronic disease and oxidative stress, thus preventing wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.
On a similar note, artichoke’s dense antioxidant levels will also help you avoid the negative effects of free radicals in the rest of the body, preventing chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Apart from their impressive abilities at fighting cancer, artichokes are also considered a heart-healthy addition to your diet for a variety of reasons. Certain ingredients in their leaves have been found to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL or omega-3 fatty acids). Cholesterol is a type of fat that builds up in the arteries of the cardiovascular system, blocks blood flow, increases blood pressure, and can lead to potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes. Any method of reducing bad cholesterol is worthwhile, so give artichokes a chance at improving your heart health.
There are some trace minerals in this tea that can suppress the appetite, which can help to prevent overeating and aid in weight loss goals.
Studies find that artichoke tea is able to increase liver cleansing and reduce toxicity in the body, which will help the metabolism and reduce strain on the immune system.
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