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Benefits of artichoke water: all the beneficial and therapeutic properties of this precious drink. Preparation and contraindications.
The artichoke is a very popular vegetable in Italian gastronomy; thanks to its versatility in the kitchen, this vegetable lends itself to various dishes. It can be the main ingredient for many first or second courses but it can also be served alone; it is the case of the velvety or the artichoke soup, the roasted artichoke, the stuffed artichoke….
Beneficial properties of the artichoke
Artichoke is one of the most complete foods from a nutritional point of view. Its curative properties have always been appreciated; in fact, it has high beneficial and therapeutic properties. It is rich in vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants useful for the health of our body and also provides a fair amount of fiber, carbohydrates, proteins and, to a lesser extent, essential fatty acids.
Artichoke water, benefits
The cooking water of artichokes should never be thrown away since it has all the active ingredients of the internal vegetable. First, the cooking liquid can be used as a base to make a vegetable soup (in this way it becomes richer in fiber).
According to experts, a glass of cooking water taken on an empty stomach is a real purifying elixir for the liver, kidneys and lymph.
Those who intend to drink the cooking water will have to cook not only the heart of the artichoke, but also the external bracts, the leaves and especially the stem; you just need to remove the outside with a potato peeler.
On this page we will show you the positive effects of artichoke on health and how to make the most of it by preparing artichoke water.
Reduces blood sugar levels
One of the most interesting substances present in the artichoke is inulin, a carbohydrate that is metabolized slowly, thus favoring the transformation of sugar into energy. It also helps to regulate insulin levels, improving the general health conditions in patients with type 2 diabetes.
It keeps cholesterol under control
Thanks to its high content of fiber, vitamin C and phytosterols, artichoke can help reduce bad cholesterol levels by increasing good cholesterol. The artichoke contains cynarin, a substance that stimulates bile secretion and facilitates the digestion of fats, preventing them from accumulating in the body. It also contains flavonoids, substances with an anti-inflammatory effect that help reduce the risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
Promotes the elimination of uric acid
The caffeic and linoleic acid present in the artichoke reduce the levels of purines in the blood, thus carrying out a purifying action; improves circulation and facilitates the elimination of uric acid.
It also acts as a powerful diuretic. Its regular intake helps eliminate the fluids retained in the tissues, relieving the symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and gout.
Protects liver health
Thanks to its ability to dissolve fats, artichokes protect the liver and improve its activity. It is no coincidence that they are recommended for people who suffer from liver cirrhosis or have a very weak liver. The constant intake of artichoke water facilitates liver recovery as it provides essential nutrients for restoring its functions.
It is digestive
Thanks to its high amount of fiber, the artichoke also facilitates digestion. Its consumption promotes the correct absorption of nutrients and serves to calm common ailments such as swelling and acidity. Improves intestinal transit by fighting constipation.
How to prepare artichoke water
As we have already mentioned, there are several recipes that have artichoke as their protagonist, but one of the healthiest ways to consume this extraordinary vegetable is by drinking artichoke water.
It is important to choose healthy artichokes, taking care to choose the whole ones. Pay attention to the stem; it must be tender, the leaves must be green and free of spots.
What we need
- 3 medium artichokes
- 1 liter of water
How to proceed
- Carefully wash the artichokes, divide and cut the final part of the stem
- Pour the water into a pot and let it boil
- As soon as the water boils, add the artichokes and leave to cook for about 20 minutes
- After this time, remove from heat and leave to rest with the lid on.
How to consume artichoke water
Drink one glass of artichoke water before breakfast and one before lunch for at least three consecutive weeks. It can be taken cold or hot. Stored in the refrigerator it lasts about a week.
Artichoke water, contraindications
This drink is not recommended for those who suffer from any type of obstruction or cholelithiasis.
Be careful not to exceed the doses, because the decoction tends to produce intestinal gas.
Those who take drugs, it is preferable that you consult your doctor before consuming the drink, to rule out any adverse reactions.