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ARTICHOKE (Cynara scolymus)
Also known as: Globe artichoke
The globe artichoke is a thistle vegetable of Mediterranean origin and should not be confused with the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) which is the tuber of a species of sunflower native to eastern North America.
Bioflavonoids found in artichokes have an antibacterial effect, stimulate bile production, improve circulation and can assist with fighting allergies, asthma and herpes.
The globe artichoke contains the bitter components, cynarin and sesquiterpene-lactones which inhibit cholesterol synthesis and increase its excretion in the bile. This results in cholesterol reduction in the blood which can protect against atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
The flavonoids in the globe artichoke, such as silymarin also found in milk thistle, can help to cleanse and protect the liver against disorders such as alcoholic liver disease or hepatitis.
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Minerals in the globe artichoke
Grow your own globe artichokes
The globe artichoke can easily be grown in the garden and makes a large structurally attractive plant which bees and butterflies are attracted to.
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
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