Saturated fatty acids
Provitamin A Beta-carotene
Equivalent Vitamin A
Minerals and trace elements:
GOOD FOR DIGESTION
The artichoke is reputed to be good for digestion . And it’s not for nothing! This virtue comes from its content of cynarin – a substance that:
Stimulates the secretion of the gall bladder (this effect is called a “choleretic” effect);
Promotes the evacuation of bile (so-called “cholagogue” effect);
These two actions help promote digestion .
The trick of Dr.BB : It is necessary to know that the cynarin is present only in the leaves of the artichoke , the bracts do not contain it. Hence the interest of consuming infusions of artichokes because these are well-based leaves and therefore contain this substance which facilitates digestion .
PROTECTS THE LIVER
It is also known for its protective action on the liver. One study showed that artichoke stimulates the regeneration of liver cells when exposed to various toxins. However, these effects have not yet been confirmed by controlled clinical studies.
ACTS AGAINST STOMACH PAIN
This same substance, cynarin , helps to improve gastrointestinal problems. Indeed, clinical studies show a decrease in bloating, abdominal pain or constipation.
A NATURAL APPETITE SUPPRESSANT
The artichoke acts on the sensation of satiety by acting as an appetite suppressant . A Hungarian study found that among obese people who follow a low-calorie diet, those who drank a concentrate of artichoke juice have seen their hunger sensation greatly diminished.
A SLIMMING ALLY
Artichoke leaves inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver , hence its action on reducing the level of fat in the blood . This property gives it a true status of slimming ally .
HELPS PREVENT DIABETES
The artichoke is particularly rich in chlorogenic acid , a substance that has the ability to reduce the absorption of glucose in the blood, hence its possible role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
GOOD AGAINST CHOLESTEROL
The artichoke would have a positive action against hypocholesterolemia . A study of 557 patients taking a daily average of 1.5g of artichoke extract showed a significant decrease in blood cholesterol and triglycerides .
RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
The chlorogenic acid contained in the artichoke also has antioxidant properties , which destroy free radicals (= molecules of oxygen destroying our healthy cells) thus helping to prevent the appearance of many diseases. Its action in the prevention of cancer , however, has never been demonstrated.