What is artichoke?
Artichoke is a kind of thistle and edible part of the plant is flower buds. Other parts of the plant like stem, root, and leaf are used to make artichoke extract. Due to its high medicinal property, it is very popular. It is produced mainly in the Mediterranean region.
It is high in potassium, folate, Dietary fiber, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin and important for bone strengthening and blood clotting.
Folate is important for brain and red cell formation. Earlier we have seen that potassium may help to reduce blood pressure. And vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and responsible for boosting immunity.
The main chemical constituent in artichoke is cynarine. It may help in digestive health. Further research is going on possible effect on the liver. (1)
Studies show that artichoke extract may aid in indigestion and IBS. It reduces the symptom within 2 to 4 weeks.
Studies also show that it has a lipid-lowering effect on the body. Artichoke extract may helpful in high cholesterol and heart diseases. (2)
Artichoke is possibly safe while consumed as a food.
There are various healthy recipes available online.