Globe Artichokes, Did you know its classed the highest vegetable (herb) in antioxidant levels? find out more

Artichoke

Artichoke (Photo credit: TonalLuminosity)

Ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes a delicacy and an
aphrodisiac, however they are even more powerful than this.The Artichoke is classed the highest vegetable (herb) in antioxidant levels. it’s very high in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other trace elements important for a healthy body. It’s especially good for poor liver function

Wellness

Cholesterol Lowering Luteolin is found in leaves, and in high amounts in artichokes. Its been shown to prevent LDL-cholesterol oxidation and can reduce the chance of arterial disease

Assists diabetes sufferers due to high levels of Inulin

Strengthens the immune system through the wonderous presence of inulin

Lower Blood Pressure The diuretic properties of the herb makes it a potent natural anti-hypertensive and hence it is used in lowering the blood pressure

Digestive Problems helps digestion by increasing the production of bile which is released into the gallbladder aiding digestion and increasing vitamin absorption

Assists Hayfever prevention A flavonoid, Quercetin, also found in artichokes is a natural antihistamine

Helps  relieve Sinus Quercetin also increases  the effective of vitamin C in the body, and reduces inflammation of the membrane lining the sinus

Prevents Cancer Another important flavonoid found in artichokes is Silymarin which has been identified as a cancer preventative.

Liver Cleanser Silymarin is good for the liver as it helps repair damaged tissue and protects the liver from further damage

Detoxification and Revitalizing A sizzling source of anti-oxidants such as silymarin, caffeic and ferulic acids, which help body protect from harmful free-radical agents

Anti inflammotary due to diaretic nature which also assists arthritis

Reduce blood sugar due to high levels of inulin

Gout due to its antioxidants reducing high acid levels in the body

This Maestro wonedrful thistle also assists Musculo skeletal disorders, nausea and relieve abdominal pain and indigestion

 Weightloss

Low Calories 1 Artichoke only contains about 25 calories

Improved liver function makes weight loss easier as the metabolic assimilation of food is more efficient

Eliminates Fluid retention and Bloating as they are a strong diruetic

Beauty

Improved skin luminosity Globes help the body rid itself of excess water and toxins

Cooking

Infusion: use the leaves you normally throw away. You will need about 12-15 leaves per half litre (approx. 2 cups) of boiling water. Pour over the chopped leaves and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Strain and drink 2 cups during the day as a great antioxidant tonic

Poach and preserve in a vinegar, lemon juice, herbs and oil

Bake with preserved lemon, olive oil, garlic and chilli in an oven proof dish at 160c for 45 minutes or until soft, my personal favorite

Or Roast in the oven with anchovies, green olives, garlic, breadcrumbs as above and serve with angel hair pasta

Toss in salads with a range of ingredients turkey, rocket, fetta, goat cheese and roast beetroot for a real antioxidant hit

Top Pizzas with this delectable bulb, so get creative and jumble up some ingredients

they are a labour of love but well worth the effort for the temple that serves you “your mind and body”

Vegetable: Globe Artichoke

Vegetable: Globe Artichoke (Photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell)

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