They may be intimidating, but artichokes are not just tasty, they also help promote good health – including that of your liver.
Well, yeah, we all say we want to have healthy liver. But the truth is, we don’t really think about it. Why should you? The liver is so easy to forget – it doesn’t move, make a sound or draw attention to itself. In fact, we don’t take care of it, not unless it’s already too late.
But quiet as it is, the liver’s function to the body is crucial. It is the one that breaks down the food we eat and removes the chemical toxins from the body. Without a healthy, functional liver, we would surely die from poisoning.
Before the liver can remove the toxins from our body, it has to convert these chemical toxins into an even more toxic form. It’s part of the liver’s detoxification process. Without ample protection, the liver can damage itself in the process.
The ingredient found in artichoke leaves called caffeylquinic acid or cynara, is said to have properties that can protect the liver from such damage.
Cynara in artichokes has also been found to help have regenerating effects. When the liver gets inflames because of a disease, the liver tries to repair itself. However, if there’s too much toxins in the body because of the food we eat, viruses and other causes, liver cells may die. This can cause further damage to the liver and eventually, death.
Clinical studies show that eating artichokes can improve the health of those with liver and digestive problems in just two weeks.
In the 1930s, French and German researchers discovered in a study that the artichoke is useful in treating hepatitis, reducing the level of bile in the liver and lowering the risk of liver damage because of congestion.
Artichokes are also said to help fight other liver problems like jaundice.
Take note, however, that most commercial artichokes are highly sprayed which is the last thing you need if you have liver issues. Make sure to only purchase fresh artichokes that have not been sprayed by pesticides.
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