Artichoke is a leafy vegetable, and its healing properties were known since ancient times. It is believed that the beneficial effect artichoke has on the body comes thanks to the bitter material in its leaves and root, which have special taste and great impact on the bile.
Artichoke has a minimal calorie value, and it does not contain much fat neither. It is a real treasure trove of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
As a friend of the liver, artichoke provides vitamin C and potassium, and almost all other vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts. It is rich in fiber, and 100 g of artichoke contain 5.4 g fiber.
Artichoke protects liver. Insulin, an indigestible carbohydrate found in this vegetable, has a mild laxative effect and helps in cases of constipation.
The health of your liver is connected with the regular function of intestines, and in constipation, liver can not function that easily. Artichoke can be added in almost every dish, including soup, risotto, mashed potatoes, pizza or as a side dish to any kind of meat.
For more efficient detoxification, serve steam-cooked artichoke as a side dish, and add some olive oil and some light cheese, or you can just add it in any salad. For a delicious gourmet delight, prepare artichoke dip, by adding some tuna, olives, olive oil and some lemon juice. You can also add some herbs of your choice and enjoy.