Artichokes are precious allies for our health, and it is even better if they are consumed raw and included in a detoxifying diet. Artichokes contain in fact the cynarine: a particular acid contained in the leaves that stimulates the diuresis, useful also for the purification of the liver. Furthermore, artichokes help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood and are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, mineral salts and vitamins A, C and E. But let’s discover the main characteristics of artichokes and why it is better to eat them raw.
Main healthy characteristics of artichokes
Artichokes are rich of healthy virtues for the body. They purify and protect the liver by promoting the biliary secretions thanks to the cynarine and the coloretine which also stimulate diuresis, promoting the elimination of drosses. Cynarine also helps to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) in blood and to increase the good cholesterol (HDL), protecting the organism from strokes and heart attacks and also lowering the level of triglycerides, cleaning up the arteries: to get these benefits you would need to consume 300 grams of artichoke per day for a few months. The artichokes also contain many fibers useful to fight constipation and to regulate appetite, decreasing the sense of hunger, so they are an excellent food for those who want to purify themselves and lose weight.
Artichokes are also excellent antioxidants, as they help to delay cell aging by keeping longer the skin young as well as protecting the internal organs from diseases and tumors. Finally, artichokes are useful in case of diabetes thanks to the inulin that keeps the sugar levels under control.
Why are raw artichokes good for our health?
It is preferable to eat raw artichokes because many active ingredients contained in this precious vegetable, including cynarine and inulin, get lost during cooking. As we have seen, we are talking about two fundamental substances for our well-being and that make artichoke a healthy food, ideal for a detoxifying diet: cynarine is essential to purify the body and the liver and to lower the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood, while inulin is essential to keep under control blood sugar levels in diabetics. So, if we want to fully benefit from this vegetable we must eat it raw or lightly seared.
How to consume raw artichokes and recipe
Artichokes can be eaten simply raw, with salad, but they are also excellent to satisfy a slight sense of hunger, perhaps with the addition of a bit of lemon which helps to eliminate the bitter taste of the artichoke. Eating them raw also means choosing them carefully: they must be fresh, the stem must be easily broken with the pressure of the finger, without bending.
Artichokes detoxifying salad
But let's see how to prepare a tasty salad to purify our body.
For 2 people, clean 4 artichokes and chop them finely: make sure they are fresh and tender. Put them immediately in water to which you have previously added lemon or orange juice and pomegranate juice: so you will avoid the artichokes to blacken, and they will also acquire a very pleasant taste. After a few minutes drain them and let them dry in a salad bowl. Then season them with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil and pomegranate juice, and garnish them with a bit of fresh thyme.