Let's discover the benefits and the fantastic detox properties of artichoke water, and how to prepare it
The artichoke is a vegetable that has different properties so as to be used not only in the kitchen but also as a herbal remedy particularly good for depuration of the liver or to improve digestion. You can also benefit from its properties by using artichoke water, here's how.
The artichoke water is just the water in which this vegetable was cooked in which, during cooking, most of the vitamins, minerals and other substances contained in the artichokes were dispersed. Not surprisingly, just to avoid this, we have often advised you to prefer steam cooking that allows you to better maintain the properties of food.
The properties of artichoke water
To understand the potential of a drink that is prepared from the artichoke is good to know the properties of this vegetable. Artichokes are rich in water and fibers useful for the intestine, mineral salts (including iron), vitamins (especially those of the B group and vitamin C) and antioxidants such as flavonoids.
Particularly interesting at a phytotherapeutic level is the presence of cynarine, an active ingredient useful for the well-being of the liver that makes the artichoke, as a supplement or in herbal tea, a natural remedy often recommended in the case of some liver disorders or when it becomes necessary the purification of the organism.
The artichoke also promotes diuresis, has digestive properties and helps to keep blood sugar at bay as well as lower cholesterol.
The artichoke is therefore:
Rich in water and fibers
Source of mineral salts and vitamins
Rich in antioxidants
Depurative for the liver
It promotes diuresis
It has digestive skills
It keeps blood sugar at bay
It lowers cholesterol
How to prepare artichoke water
To prepare artichoke water, the artichoke should be used in its entirety, thoroughly washed, cleaned from the outer leaves and removed from the hardest part of the stem. Since this is a purifying remedy it is good to choose artichokes of excellent quality, healthy, without stains and especially untreated, in fact we know that in traditional crops of these vegetables pesticides are often used. It would be a contradiction to make a purifying drink in which, in addition to the active ingredients of the artichoke, we also find chemicals that are potentially harmful to health.
1 liter of water
Wash the artichokes, put them in a pot of water, bring it to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes before turning off. Let everything rest with the lid until it has reached room temperature, then drain the artichokes and eat them as you like, pouring the water in a glass bottle. Artichoke water can be kept in the fridge for about a week. But it's better not to drink it cold but at room temperature or lukewarm.
How to clean artichokes
Cleaning artichokes is not always an easy task, unless you know all the tricks to make the job faster and well done.