Artichoke has a huge benefit to our health. It is useful to virtually all the leaves and stems basket. His stewed, soar, pickled, added to sauces and pies, is used as a side dish, bake bread of it, and so on. D.
Also of great opportunities plants used in cooking, there is the use of the artichoke as a powerful antioxidant. Studies conducted in the United States showed that it contained a thousand times more antioxidants than any other vegetable. This means that this unique product slows down aging, it gives us strength and energy.
Great use of artichoke because of its ability to induce the death of cancer cells. It inhibits the development of many different forms of cancer, including leukemia, prostate cancer and breast cancer. In addition, the vegetable is a unique source of fiber in one basket contains more fiber than a whole cup of prunes.
There is a great benefit to artichoke liver. Thanks to silymarin, the product increases the regeneration of body tissues and has long been used in alternative medicine for the treatment of liver. In addition, the plant stimulates the digestive system and a diuretic. Adding artichoke leaves in dishes helps to regulate cholesterol levels.
Just artichoke long been used in folk medicine to treat a hangover. Due to its beneficial effects on the liver, stomach and intestines, enough as healers claim to eat a few leaves of the plant to get rid of withdrawal symptoms.
Known and harm artichoke from a member of the vegetable polyphenol, which increases the secretion of bile, and therefore, it is consumed with caution to patients with cholecystitis and biliary tract disorders.
Harm artichoke largely depends on its size. So young small vegetable can be eaten raw, and requires a large heat treatment, since the fiber plant with age are becoming more stringent. If the basket artichoke opened and leaves it browned, vegetable not fit for human consumption.
A relative of the artichoke harm depends on the timing of its storage. Fragrant and tasty product maintains its quality for a week, then the wonderful smell of the vegetable disappears, he begins to absorb all the odors and moisture from the environment. It is therefore often prefer to marinate plant or preserve than to keep it fresh.
The use of artichoke in medicine
Family - Asteraceae (Asteraceae) Artichoke - herb. Stem branched, gray-green, erect, up to 2 m inflorescence -. Large baskets of blue-purple color. The fruit of the artichoke - achene. The leaves are pinnate, large, pubescent below. The chemical composition of the artichoke: organic acids, flavonoid glycosides (skolimozid, tsinorozid, tsinarotrizid), vitamins, sesquiterpene lactones, polysaccharides (inulin), tsinarin, tsinaropikrin, enzymes, dextrin, trace elements, bitterness, alkaloids, tannins.
Useful properties Artichoke
Artichoke, thanks to a complex of active substances has the following actions: - choleretic; - Sudorific; - Reparation; - Diuretic; - Hepatoprotective; - Detoxification; - Antiholesterinemicheskim; - Gipoazotemicheskim; - Antioxidant; - Membrane stabilizing.
The use of artichoke in the official medicine
artichoke preparations beneficial effect on the liver function. By improving rheological properties of bile, strengthening its formation and excretion help to reduce stagnation in the gallbladder and better digestion. artichoke preparations by hepatoprotective properties protect the liver while taking toxic drugs, the use of fatty, fried foods, and alcohol. Contribute artichoke preparations normalize digestion and decrease gas formation. Showed their reception nausea and urge to vomit. Successfully combining antibiotics with drugs artichoke, because they protect the parenchyma of the liver and kidneys from the toxic effects of antibacterial drugs. In addition to the protection they provide restoration of damaged liver cell structures and the resumption of their functions. Thus artichoke promotes the decontamination of substances harmful to the body and the full removal of them from the body. "Hofitol" is a preparation of artichoke and is indicated for active chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis, fatty gepatoze, chronic intoxications, cirrhosis, acetonemia, atherosclerosis, hypokinetic form of dyskinesia. Prescribers artichoke after poisoning with toxic substances and food. Showed receiving artichoke obesity. Actively used "Hofitol" in pre-eclampsia and pregnancy for the prevention of late gestosis. In this case, the decision about the possibility of the appointment of the drug takes only a doctor. When kidney disease drugs artichoke have a mild diuretic effect, increasing urine output, increase the excretion of uric acid, which is particularly useful in gout. Upon receipt of funds from the artichoke reduces cholesterol levels and normalize his blood levels. Therefore, they are administered in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Reduce means with artichoke and fatty acid content.
The use of artichoke in folk medicine
Artichoke is used for edema, urinary retention, with bad breath. Showing artichoke preparations for poisoning alkaloids. They also cleanse the body of radionuclides, heavy metals. By improving excretion of nitrogenous substances from the body means with artichoke can reduce the unpleasant smell of sweat and human skin. Rinse with a solution of artichoke juice with honey is used for stomatitis, tongue cracks, oral thrush. Teas and infusions allow artichoke reduces inflammation in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, contribute to weight loss. Means to reduce the acidity of the artichoke, so are indicated for gastritis. Apply infusions and tinctures artichoke jaundice, atherosclerosis, allergies, poor kidney function. Because of low toxicity and can be administered elderly. The efficacy of artichoke preparations in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, diathesis. If hangover is shown receiving drugs from artichoke. Especially effective receiving prophylactic infusion or powder before the feast of the artichoke. Artichoke increases libido. There is evidence of the effectiveness of artichoke in scurvy and rheumatism. Artichoke extract has excellent reducing properties which promote anti-aging and skin regeneration processes. Not bad influences cosmetics based on artichokes and young skin.
If lactation should be avoided artichoke preparations for the possibility of reducing milk production and unknown effects on infants. During pregnancy, taking only in agreement with your doctor. Contraindicated drugs artichoke hypotension, obturation of the gall bladder, severe renal insufficiency, calculous cholecystitis, acute liver failure, gastritis with low acidity, allergies and artichoke plants of the family Asteraceae.