Artichokes – Detox the Liver
An Artichoke is a thistle flower covered with tough protective leaves that end in a sharp point! Sound yummy? Not really, but …… under that hard outer layer are tender fleshy hearts that are delicious and quite medicinal!
Do you have any liver dysfunction;
- fatty liver
- high cholesterol
- liver stones?
Do you suffer from
- high uric acid
- skin disorders
If yes, then let artichokes be your medicine and your food!
- Cynarin which acts on the cells in the liver to increase bile production and also on the kidney cells to produce urine and remove uric acid (a poisonous substance produced with the body in the metabolism of proteins and must be eliminated by the kidneys). It also facilitates the emptying of the gallbladder.
- Inulin, a carbohydrate that is easily absorbed and gently reduces glucose levels in the blood.
- Cymaroside, a flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties.
- Beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol which limit the absorption of cholesterol and reduce cholesterol build up on walls of arteries (arteriosclerosis). If you have suffered a heart attack, we recommend artichokes be a regular part of your diet.It is a clinically proven fact that when the liver is healthy it will be revealed on the skin. The regular consumption of artichokes can have a surprising result on chronic skin conditions.
Science does not fully understand the physiological effects of the various medicinal properties of the artichoke, but one thing is clear, – it is “not attributed to any one of its components in particular, but rather the total synergistic activity lf all of them.” (Pamplona-Roger, GD. Encyclopedia of Foods and Their Healing Powers. Editoral Safeliz. 2006.)
The artichoke is easily digested and is a well-tolerated vegetable by those healthy and sick.