Artichokes are a top antioxidant-rich vegetable that is high in fiber and low in fat making them an ideal weight loss food.Artichokes are also a natural diuretic which means they are able to help flush the body of edema and reduce bloating and overall water retention.They are a good source of folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, B-complex, potassium, iron, and antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercertin, rutin, cynarin, luteolin and silymarin.
Silymarin is highly beneficial for the liver and has been shown to regenerate liver tissue making them a great food for those suffering with liver problems or those trying to cleanse and detox the body. Artichokes are an amazing food for the liver.
This inulin also has been shown to help balance and stabilize blood glucose levels making them an excellent choice for diabetics. Artichokes are also known to aid digestion and improve gallbladder function which makes them good for those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or other digestive ailments. Artichoke leaves contain compounds that can reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, this means they have the ability to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). This ability also helps to prevent excessive fatty deposits in the liver and blood which protects the body from arteriosclerosis. Artichoke leaf extract has been shown to kill off cancer cells and protect the liver from oxidative stress. Artichoke leaf extract is readily available in capsule form.
The majestic artichoke can protect your thyroid, making it the most powerful food for thyroid healing. This is why an artichoke is on the cover of my book Thyroid Healing.
There are so many undiscovered compounds in artichokes that work for your thyroid, including subgroups of phytochemicals that shrink nodules, tumors, and cysts.