Artichoke is rich in the bioactive agent’s apigenin and luteolin, and the antioxidant activity of the artichoke flower heads is the highest reported in vegetables.
Also, artichoke leaf extracts are more beneficial than the artichokes themselves. This is because the polyphenolic compounds are found in higher concentrations in the leaves of the plant. Some of the very important compounds in artichoke leaf extract are:
Cynarin, which acts on the liver cells to enhance the production of bile.
– Cynaropicrin, which is what makes artichokes taste bitter.
– Cynaroside, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
– Sterols, which help reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream.
– Malic acid, which is an organic acid.
How incredible of vitamins contains in Artichoke, see the below list:
What Are The Health Benefits Of Artichokes?
The fiber in artichokes aids digestion and contributes to healthy weight loss. It also regulates the levels of blood sugar and blood cholesterol, the latter enhancing heart health as well. While the important antioxidants like quercetin and gallic acid prevent cancer, various other antioxidants in artichokes help improve the health of the skin and hair.
How easy to cook artichoke for yourself
The month of May has many lovely in-season vegetables including artichokes. What will you do with them? Try some of these inexpensive recipes with artichokes.
1st Recipe: Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
It takes just 15 minutes to prepare and cook. It requires 1 ½ cups of thawed, chopped, frozen, artichoke hearts. I’m sure there must be a way to substitute fresh ones instead of frozen ones. You will also need 1 cup of thawed, chopped, frozen spinach, some cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, parmesan, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and garlic. It’s perfect for serving at a graduation party (or other celebration).
2nd Recipe: Braised Baby Artichokes and New Potatoes
It requires 12 baby artichokes (or about 1 ½ pound). You will also need 2 ½ cups of small red potatoes that have been cut into quarters. Add some peas, carrots, onion, dill, mint, pepper, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. This tasty recipe would make a nice side dish.
3rd Recipe: Pasta With Grilled Artichokes
The main course of pasta with grilled artichokes will serve four people. You will need 1 pound of baby artichokes which comes to about 10 of them. Other ingredients include ½ pound of spaghetti, minced garlic, parmesan, minced fresh parsley, lemon juice, unsalted butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, and crushed red chili flakes. You already know how to cook spaghetti noodles, so that part will be super easy!
4th Recipe: Artichoke and Ripe Olive Tuna Salad
Looking for something lighter? We suggest you an artichoke recipe that would be nice on a hot, humid, day. It requires 1 cup of chopped canned artichoke hearts, ½ cup of chopped olives, 1 12-ounce can of chunk light tuna, some mayonnaise, lemon juice, and oregano. You can serve it as a sandwich, as an open-face sandwich, or on a thick slice of tomato. This recipe makes about 5 servings.
5th Recipe & the fastest way for busy people: A Cup of Cozy Artichoke 365
All you need is 1 tea bag of Cozy Artichoke with hot water which you can have the tasty tea cup in 2 minutes