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3 Surprising Health Benefits of Artichokes

Updated on November 16, 2013

Artichokes Are Great For The Liver

Artichokes have been used to help treat liver ailments since ancient times. Artichokes are a rich source of a flavonoid called silymarin, a powerful antioxidant known for its ability to protect and nourish the liver. Some studies have found that artichokes may even help in the regeneration of liver tissue.

Artichokes Can Help With Indigestion

Artichoke leaf extract may improve indigestion, as well as other stomach ailments such as pain, nausea, bloating, and early satiety. Artichoke leaf extract stimulates the flow of bile which can help speed foods through the digestive track. Artichoke leaf extract can be found at most health food stores.

Artichokes Are High In Antioxidants

In fact, a USDA study found that artichokes may have more antioxidants than any other vegetable! Antioxidants are important in helping to protect the body from damaging free radicals, helping to prevent disease and slow aging. Some of the antioxidants in artichokes include silymarin (mentioned above), cynarin, quercertin, rutin, and anthocyanins.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I love artichokes, but now I love them more!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Artichoke lover.