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Throughout history, Artichokes have been enjoyed not only for their delicate, versatile flavor and texture, but also for their legendary health benefits. However, only during the past few decades have scientific researchers begun to explore the disease-fighting potential of Artichokes, with some very promising results.
Potassium Artichokes are an under-recognized source of potassium, a mineral that's vital to maintaining normal heart rhythm, fluid balance, muscle and nerve function. One medium Artichoke provides more than 400 milligrams of potassium, about as much as a small banana. There is strong evidence that a diet rich in potassium is linked to reduced risk of stroke. Potassium also blunts the effects of salt on blood pressure.
Magnesium - Magnesium is used in building bones, manufacturing proteins, releasing energy from muscle storage, and regulating our body temperature. Many adults — especially women — aren't getting enough of this mineral. Artichokes are a good source.
Vitamin C - Artichokes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin that functions as a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C is vital for a healthy immune system. It also is important in forming collagen, a protein that gives structure to our bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. Vitamin C also aids in the absorption of iron.
Dietary Fiber - Found only in plant foods, fiber helps maintain a healthy digestive system, lowers blood cholesterol, reduces the risk of heart disease and may prevent certain types of cancer. Fiber also works to keep blood-sugar levels stable, which is especially important for people with diabetes. It can also help us feel full, aiding in weight control. Artichokes are very fiber-rich, providing 10.3 grams in one Artichoke (120 grams). In place of animal-based protein as a way to help reduce saturated fat and cholesterol intake. With no fat, cholesterol or trans fat, Artichokes are a healthful source of protein. One medium Artichoke provides four grams.
When eaten as a part of a healthful diet, Artichokes may promote healthy cholesterol levels and healthy arteries, and protect against heart disease. Researchers aren’t yet sure how Artichokes exert their cardio-protective effect, but their theories include:
• Phytonutrients interfere with our ability to produce cholesterol • Phytonutrients enhance the elimination of cholesterol from our body • Phytonutrients cause genes to be altered • Artichoke extracts have shown promise in their ability to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and improve quality of life in otherwise healthy patients who suffer from indigestion. IBS is a problem reported to affect up to 20 percent of the general population. • Artichoke leaf extracts may have a protective effect on liver cells.