Globe Artichokes, classed the highest vegetable (herb) in antioxidant levels

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The Health Benefits of Globe Artichokes 

Ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes a delicacy and an aphrodisiac, however they are even more powerful than this.The Artichoke is classed the highest vegetable (herb) in antioxidant levels. it’s very high in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other trace elements important for a healthy body. It’s especially good for poor liver function.

WELLNESS

Cholesterol Lowering Luteolin is found in leaves, and in high amounts in artichokes. Its been shown to prevent LDL-cholesterol oxidation and can reduce the chance of arterial disease. Assists diabetes sufferers due to high levels of Inulin.

Strengthens the immune system through the wondrous presence of inulin. Lower Blood Pressure The diuretic properties of the herb makes it a potent natural anti-hypertensive and hence it is used in lowering the blood pressure.

Digestive Problems assists digestion by increasing the production of bile which is released into the gallbladder aiding digestion and increasing vitamin absorption.

Assists Hayfever prevention A flavonoid, Quercetin, also found in artichokes is a natural antihistamine.

Helps relieve Sinus Quercetin also increases  the effectiveness of vitamin C in the body, and reduces inflammation of the membrane lining the sinus. Prevents Cancer Another important flavonoid found in artichokes is Silymarin which has been identified as a cancer preventative.

Liver Cleanser Silymarin is good for the liver as it helps repair damaged tissue and protects the liver from further damage. Detoxification and Revitalizing A sizzling source of anti-oxidants such as silymarin, caffeic and ferulic acids, which help body protect from harmful free-radical agents.

Anti inflammatory due to diuretic nature which also assists arthritis. Reduce blood sugar due to high levels of inulin. Gout due to its antioxidants reducing high acid levels in the body.

This Maestro wonderful thistle also assists Musculo skeletal disorders, nausea and relieve abdominal pain and indigestion.  Weight management Low Calories 1 Artichoke only contains about 25 calories.

Improved liver function makes weight loss easier as the metabolic assimilation of food is more efficient. Eliminates Fluid retention and Bloating as they are a strong diruetic.

BEAUTY

Improved skin luminosity Globes help the body rid itself of excess water and toxins.

COOKING INFUSION

use the leaves you normally throw away.

You will need about 12-15 leaves per half litre (approx. 2 cups) of boiling water.

Pour over the chopped leaves and allow to brew for 5 minutes.

Strain and drink 2 cups during the day as a great antioxidant tonic Poach and preserve in a vinegar, lemon juice, herbs and oil.

Bake with preserved lemon, olive oil, garlic and chilli in an oven proof dish at 160c for 45 minutes or until soft, my personal favorite.

Or Roast in the oven with anchovies, green olives, garlic, breadcrumbs as above and serve with angel hair pasta.

Toss in salads with a range of ingredients turkey, rocket, fetta, goat cheese and roast beetroot for a real antioxidant hit.

Top Pizzas with this delectable bulb, so get creative and jumble up some ingredients.

“they are a labour of love but well worth the effort for the temple that serves you “your mind and body”

 

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Cassandra Austin

Chef and Wellness Specialist for Corporate Nutrition and Well being.

A classically trained Chef with extra qualifications in:

Diet and Nutrition, Food and Wellness, Food Psychology, Kitchen Medicine.

Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Diploma of Business and Vet Training.

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