Artichoke is a medicinal plant, also known as Artichoke-Hortense or Common Artichoke, widely used to lose weight or to complement treatments, since it is able to lower cholesterol, fight anemia, regulate blood sugar levels and fight gases , for example.
Its scientific name is Cynara scolymus and can be purchased at health food stores, drugstores, open markets, and some markets.
What is artichoke for
The artichoke has anti-sclerotic, blood-purifying, digestive, diuretic, laxative, anti-rheumatic, anti-toxic, hypotensive and anti-thermal properties. Therefore, this medicinal plant can be used to assist in the treatment of anemia, atherosclerosis, diabetes, heart disease, fever, liver, weakness, gout, hemorrhoids, hemophilia, pneumonia, rheumatism, syphilis, cough, urea, urticaria and urinary problems .
Nutritional information of Artichoke
|Components||Quantity per 100 g|
|C vitamin||6 mg|
|Folic acid||42 mcg|
How to use the Artichoke
Artichokes can be eaten fresh, in the form of raw or cooked salad, tea or in industrialized capsules. The artichoke capsules should be consumed before or after the main meals of the day, along with a little water.
Artichoke tea is a great option for those who want to lose weight fast, since it is diuretic and detoxifying, being able to cleanse the body and eliminate excess fat, toxins and liquids.
To make the tea, just put 2 to 4 g of the artichoke leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it stand for 5 minutes. Then strain and drink.
Here’s how to use the artichoke to lose weight.
Artichoke au gratin
Another way to consume this medicinal plant and enjoy its benefits, is the gratin artichoke.
- 2 artichoke flowers;
- 1 package of sour cream;
- 2 tablespoons of grated cheese.
To prepare the artichoke au gratin, simply place all the sliced ingredients on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Add the cream last and cover with the grated cheese, taking to bake in the oven at 220 ºC. Serve when golden brown.
Contraindications for artichoke
Artichokes should not be consumed by people with bile duct obstruction during pregnancy and breastfeeding.