Appreciated as much for its leaves as for its tender heart, the artichoke is the ideal vegetable to regain vitality and energy.
Consumed both cooked and raw, it is currently sold in country stalls between 80 DA and 220 DA per kilogram.
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Very common in the Mediterranean basin, this soft and sweet pulp vegetable has exceptional nutritional properties.
Focus on its main benefits
– Protects from cardiovascular diseases
Rich in protective antioxidants, and mainly in luteolin, regular consumption of artichokes would improve the functioning of blood vessels, limit excess cholesterol and therefore protect the heart.
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– An excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals
The artichoke is rich in vitamins, and in particular in vitamin K, essential for blood clotting and bone calcification, and in vitamins B, C and E. This vegetable also has good levels of calcium, potassium and magnesium which give it a interest in blood pressure regulation.
– The artichoke, an anti-cancer food
According to the Catalan Institute of Oncology, the artichoke would have a beneficial action in patients with lung cancer. The luteolin and the flavonoids it contains, according to studies from the University of Illinois in the United States, would also inhibit the development of pancreatic cancer cells.
– A food that protects the liver and kidneys
Rich in water, potassium and cynarin, a compound that stimulates the production of urine by the kidneys and the secretion of bile, the consumption of artichoke contributes to the purification of the blood and the elimination of toxins from the body.
– A slimming food
With just under 50 kcal per 100 g of food, the artichoke has a low energy density while being satiating. This vegetable is a good slimming ally and can be integrated into a diet aimed at slimming.
– Artichoke, to stimulate the immune system
Artichokes have the ability to effectively enhance the immune defenses. The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has in fact classified artichokes among the foods richest in antioxidants and most effective in boosting the immune system.
– A food recommended for pregnant women
Artichoke is rich in vitamin B9, an essential vitamin for the development of the fetus and which greatly helps prevent abnormalities in the formation of the neural tube. The consumption of artichokes is particularly recommended for pregnant women during the first months of pregnancy.
The artichoke, this vegetable with a tender heart and a slightly bitter taste, is undeniably a food of choice for maintaining good health.