The Vitamins and Minerals Found in Artichokes

Eating artichokes with its exquisite packaging and taste is an adventure your eyes and taste buds would love and your body would surely appreciate.  They are not just pretty and delicious, they are also packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

Artichokes demand a person to savor its taste instead of wolfing it down.  Plucking the petal one by one, it’s not just your taste buds that are savoring the artichoke but your whole body, too.

The nutritional benefits of this perennial thistle are no a secret.  In fact, the artichoke has been known since ancient times as a nourishing plant.  Some of the vitamins and minerals found in artichokes include:

Dietary Fibers

Artichokes provide 10.3 grams of fiber in one artichoke that weighs only 120 grams.

Fiber has several health benefits.  It aids in the digestion of food and in maintaining a healthy digestive system.  It reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol in the body and dietary fiber also prevents certain types of cancer.

What’s more, fiber — which is found only in plants — can aid in keeping the blood sugar levels in the body stable.  Eating artichokes is a big help for people with diabetes – or those who would like to avoid it.

Potassium

Like bananas and avocados, artichokes are a great source of potassium which unfortunately has been overlooked.

A mineral that’s essential in maintaining a normal heart rhythm and fluid and electrolyte balance, potassium is also responsible in cell integrity, nerve impulse transmission and muscle functions.

A medium-sized artichoke can provide over 400 milligrams of potassium – the same amount of potassium you can get out if a small banana.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is vital in boosting the immune system, gives structure to the bones, muscles, cartilage and blood vessels.

This vitamin C is found in spinach, tomato juice, mango, strawberries and of course, artichokes.

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