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Thursday, September 20, 2012

[AlternativeAnswers] Health Benefits of Artichokes

 

Health Benefits of Artichokes;

The vegetable, artichokes are supposed to be originated from
Mediterranean region, and now Italy is cultivating the artichokes
vegetables in large scale,
and it had been spread over the countries,
France, Greece, Ethiopia, Spain and now it is grown and found in the
United States of America. Artichokes are edible flower buds, with lobed
and silvery-green leaves, and with light pink flowers that are unfolded
from the buds. Artichokes are very popular in winter season and it is
called as Cyanara Scolymus scientifically that belongs to the family of
Asteraceae.

Nutrients found in artichokes-vegetables are; minerals such as
potassium, sodium, selenium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, copper,
calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamins like Vitamin C, E, A, K, Vitamin B
constituents like, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid,
niacin, folates. Artichokes contain antioxidants such as beta carotene,
crypto-xanthin, lutein, zeaxanthin. In addition to these, it also
contains carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, fats and zero
cholesterol. These nutrients attribute to provide better health and
prevent basic health disorders.
Health benefits of Artichokes include; as artichokes are enriched with
more antioxidants like anthcyanins, quercetin, cynarin, silymarin,
rutin, luteolin, than other vegetables, it stimulates apoptosis and
lowers proliferation of cells in various cancer disorders such as blood
cancer, prostate cancer etc. Artichokes increase bile flow and improve
digestion
due to the presence of cynarin and as such it is considered
as digestive aid by ancient Greece People. Artichokes regenerate the
liver cells due to the presence of silymarin, antioxidant, as proved by
the research.

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