The artichoke is one of the oldest cultivated plants on the planet. Ancient Ethiopians and Egyptians grew them, and ancient Greeks and Romans considered them to be a valuable digestive aid. In the 16th century, southern Europeans believed artichokes were meant only to be consumed by the rich and royal.
In modern times, we have studied the artichoke extensively and discovered its many health benefits – not to mention its delicious taste. Here are a couple reasons why you should be incorporating more artichoke into your diet:
Scientists tested the power of artichoke in a double-blind placebo-controlled study involving 143 people with high cholesterol. Researchers concluded that the compounds of cynarin and luteolin in artichoke play a role reducing cholesterol in the human body.
Germany’s Commission E (similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in America) endorses the use of artichoke for dyspepsia, a form of indigestion. A variety of digestive problems like stomach discomfort, bloating, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and constipation have all shown to improve with regular consumption of artichoke. More specifically, the leaves of artichoke stimulate the gallbladder, which aids the digestion process. Researchers who conducted a 2003 study involving 247 participants concluded that artichoke extract may even more effective than the leaves themselves.
Here are some of the other prominent vitamins, minerals, and photonutrients that are packed into artichoke plants:
- Gallic acid
- Caffeic acid
- Chlorogenic acid
In the kitchen, many people steam whole artichokes and dip the outer petals in melted butter or sauce. Although artichokes do take time prepare, you can’t deny that they’re nonfat, non-cholesterol, low-carbohydrate, high-fiber foods that supports digestion, liver control, and gallbladder function. To date, no one has discovered any significant side effects associated with artichoke or artichoke leaf extract. However, since artichoke is known to stimulate gallbladder function, people who suffer from gallstones or gall bladder disease should steer clear of this vegetable until consulting with a medical professional.
If artichokes are out of season, too costly, or simply not desirable to your taste buds, you can still reap the benefits of this amazing vegetable. Consider supplementing your diet with our convenient and affordable Artichoke 400 mg capsules, which contain no chemicals or pesticides since the vegetables are planted and harvested right on Seagate’s own farms. We convert all of the flower buds, leaves, and hearts into a powder to use in our capsules, putting artichoke’s valuable nutrients right at your fingertips.