This is an unusual plant fleshy green or purple in color, with purple flowers in blue and belongs to the family Asteraceae.
It is said that originally grew up in Sicily and now it has throughout the Mediterranean.
The edible part of the artichoke is a young green bud and that before from them blossom purple flowers.
It is rich in fiber, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins C, B and K and contains other important substances for life.
The leaves of artichoke have extremely healing effect when it comes to the liver. Thus, the extract from the leaves of this plant is used to treat a variety of liver problems such as, for example, fatty liver and cirrhosis of the liver.
A poor diet with lots of red meat and fat, as well as excessive use of strong alcoholic drinks, burden and destroy the liver and artichoke can stimulate the regeneration ability of this important organ.
Artichoke is an ancient natural remedy
Since ancient times, in the time of the ancient Egyptians, the artichoke is used as a natural remedy for liver, gall bladder, and as a blood cleanser.
Gaius Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer and naturalist, he mentioned artichoke with a description of “food for the rich”. Artichoke was consumed by people of the higher level of society because of their health problems which contributed to the “rich” lifestyle. Excessive use of strong food, fat and wines from that people led to the emergence of liver disease.
Preparations artichokes increase the breakdown of cholesterol and increase the secretion of bile, which all together leads to decreased levels of total cholesterol in the blood.
However, during treatment preparations artichokes, due to the greater effect of the menu must throw out foods of animal origin rich in cholesterol (eggs, fatty cheeses, fatty fish, pork and red meat …).
Buds artichokes, which are used for food, are not nearly as powerful as extracts of plants but certainly belong to a very healthy food, thanks to the many minerals and vitamins in them.
Its recommended for any dietary regimen and regular use can bring a lot of well-being every organism.
For instance, artichoke contains high levels of inulin in the intestine acts as a probiotic, therefore, affects the establishment of a healthy gut micro-flora.
It has been a great thing for the whole organism, thereby reducing the overall level of toxins that burden the liver and cause many health problems.
So we can say that the artichoke good natural cleanser of the body, of course if consumed regularly over a longer period of time.
All together facilitates the process of natural regeneration of the liver.
However, the beneficial effect of the artichoke can be felt very quickly after first consumption at the digestive organs. It is a vegetable that calms nausea and urge to vomit, eliminates heartburn and bloating feeling in the stomach and has a mild laxative effect.
Before the actual preparation of the meal, artichoke should be at least a little to keep the water where you can add a little salt to her pulled bitterness. After that, like most vegetables can be prepared in various ways, but there are countless recipes on whose list of ingredients of this noble bud.