The beneficial properties of artichoke
Artichoke - a perennial herb cultivated in warm countries like vegetables. The food is typically used unopened flower baskets and leaves resembling taste walnut. Due to its beneficial properties of artichoke in the diet has long been used as a dietary and medicinal product.
The artichokes are useful? They contain up to 15% carbohydrates, and iron salts, calcium and rare enough organic acids - quinine, caffeine, glycolic, glyceric and others. Also included in the chemical composition of different vitamins - C, B1, B2, B3, R. Thanks to its balanced set of nutrients, artichokes can be used as diabetic food to reduce blood sugar levels.
Consider more than helpful artichokes. They contain phenolic compound tsinarin that in combination with other phenolic acids can be used this plant as a choleretic and hepatoprotective agent. Due to these properties produce the drug from the artichoke, which promotes the excretion of urea and salts of heavy metals from the body. As phytopreparation it can be used for both children and the elderly. As adjunctive therapy medicine artichoke shown when biliary dyskinesia, chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis, chronic renal failure and urolithiasis.
Artichoke can be used to reduce cholesterol in the blood and normalize metabolic processes in the body. Also, it is useful to cleanse the body of toxins in chronic intoxications of various substances - nitro compounds, salts of heavy metals and alkaloids. These properties allow the artichoke has long been using it as an effective antidote.
In order to improve the regeneration of liver cells, as well as to promote education and the outflow of bile, can be used from inflorescences artichoke broth. For its preparation 40 g inflorescences should pour a liter of boiling water and infuse for an hour. Drink decoction before meals three times a day over a glass. The broth is useful in diseases of the joints, and Podarge through anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of the artichoke, and their ability to excrete uric acid. In addition, it can be drunk with migraines and improve hematopoiesis. In addition to the inflorescence, to prepare infusions can use the leaves and stalks of the plant.
With regular use of artichoke normalizes digestion, improves appetite and intestinal peristalsis, which is especially important with frequent constipation.
For the treatment of impotence is recommended to drink fresh juice of artichoke twice a day for 1/4 cup. In combination with honey juice can be used to rinse the mouth with stomatitis and thrush in children.
Due to the property artichoke stimulate hair growth, it has long been used to strengthen the hair follicles in the
progressive alopecia. To do this, fresh juice rubbed into the roots of the hair and wash off after 2 hours.
Artichokes are widely used in cooking. Small florets are perfect for appetizers and salads, and go well with rice dishes. It is very useful to eat artichokes cooked in any way, at high acidity of gastric juice, because they have a strong alkaline effect due to sodium and potassium salts. To better preserve the fresh artichoke, buds dipped briefly in water with lemon juice or vinegar.
Contraindications to the use of Artichoke
Artichokes should be used in the diet with caution in gastritis with low acidity and high blood pressure.
In diseases of the liver, biliary tract and kidneys in the acute phase have artichokes contraindicated.