Antioxidant Tuesdays-Artichokes

13 Dec

Artichokes!

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For the next installment of antioxidant Tuesdays, I am going to talk about artichokes.    If you haven’t read an Antioxidant Tuesday post before, it is a series highlighting the 10 foods with the highest amount of antioxidants amongst 100 common foods examined in this study.  So far, we have talked about kidney beans, pinto beans, blueberries and cranberries.

Health Benefits of Artichokes

Artichokes are a great and healthy vegetable as they are low in calories and high in fiber and antioxidants.  Artichokes are not prepared as often as other vegetables, so for ways to enjoy this vegetable, check out the recipes featured below.

Studies

Numerous studies have examined the health benefits of artichokes and artichoke extract.  These studies have found that:

  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which are oligosaccharides (sugars) found in artichokes, can reduce constipation in newborns (Source)
  • Silymarin (a flavonoid present in artichoke) may be able to reduce arthritis by decreasing cellular inflammation (Source)
  • Silymarin has shown promise in preventing different stages of mouse skin cancer (Source)
  • Artichoke extract is cardioprotective in aged rats (Source)
  • Artichoke extract has shown in rats to prevent some of the  negative effects of hypercholesterol and was able to reduce serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in these same rats (Source)
  • Artichoke extract protects liver cells from oxidative stress (Source)
  • Luteolin, an active ingredient in artichokes, seems able to inhibit  the production of new cholesterol in the liver(Source)
  • Clinical data supports lipid-lowering and antiemetic (prevent vomiting and diarrhea) properties of artichoke extracts with good patient tolerance and a low incidence of side effects (Source)
  • In a clinical trial, patients taking artichoke leaf daily had a 4.2% reduction in total cholesterol (Source)
  • Cynarin, an active ingredient in artichokes, stimulates the production of bile to help us digest fats and absorb vitamins (Source)
  • Patients with IBS given artichoke leaf extract experienced a 26.4% reduction in IBS incidence (Source)
  • Artichoke leaf extract can kill leukemia cells (Source)

These are just a few of the studies highlighting the disease fighting power of artichokes!

How to cook them

Sundried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Artichokes from Eating Well

Grilled Artichokes with Lemom Aioli from Closet Cooking

Artichoke and Arugula Pizza with Prosciutto from Cooking Light

Farro with Artichokes from Eating Well

Spinach and Artichoke Pizza from Laaloosh

Here is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to cook and eat an artichoke.

Question?

Have you ever had an artichoke?  Do you buy fresh or canned?  What is your favorite way to eat it?

14 Responses to “Antioxidant Tuesdays-Artichokes”

  1. Dina December 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    I LOVE artichokes!

  2. Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble December 13, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Yummy!! I love artichokes!! Plus I read in Women’s Health the other day that it is one of the foods you can literally eat as much as you want and it’s still healthy. I think it’s a great alternative to chips and taste delicious dipped in Greek yogurt!

    • naturallyhealthyandgorgeous December 14, 2011 at 12:21 am #

      Dipped in greek yogurt sounds great! I use greek yogurt plus sour cream, olive oil, garlic and S and P to make Tzatziki. I bet artichokes dipped in that would be amazing!

  3. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit December 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    I just bought a couple of artichokes last night! I usually just steam them and dip the leaves in melted coconut oil with garlic. SO good, but I love the idea of stuffing them, too!

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