Health Benefits of Artichokes


By Dr. Mercola You’ve probably tasted artichokes and enjoy them in soups and on pizza for their zesty, unique flavor. But you may not be aware there are artichoke supplements, which are helpful as a powerful probiotic and antioxidant. The probiotic part helps your gut regain equilibrium, while the antioxidants are instrumental in fighting free radicals that cause many diseases, including cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s. A plethora of nutrients simultaneously benefit your health in many other ways. For a little background on this interesting plant, there are two botanical varieties: the globe artichoke, suggested for culinary use, is Cynara scolymus and the cardoon is Cynara cardunculus. They’re beautiful plants, depicted by artists for their interesting construction and vibrant colors: pale gold on the inside; thick rubbery “petals” in shades of pale green, sometimes tinged with purple, on the outside. If the plant reminds you of a thistle, it’s because it belongs to the same per
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