Artichoke is a medicinal plant, also known as Cachofra, Artichoke-hortense or common.
This plant is widely used for weight loss or complementary treatments, such as reducing cholesterol, fighting anemia, regulating blood sugar levels and gas problems, for example.
The scientific name of the artichoke is Cynara Scolymus and can be found in food stores, pharmacies, vegetable stores and some marketers. It is a perennial plant with thorny leaves and pinnatifid, the base being much smaller than the upper part. The purple flowers gather in a large part surrounded by large bracts, which are the edible part of the inflorescence. The plant is cultivated in southern Europe, Asia Minor and also in South America, long considered a rare herb, now grown abundantly in the Atlantic regions with mild winters.
What many do not know is that Artichoke can offer many benefits to our health, has excellent nutritional and medicinal properties. To have an idea, in every 100 g edible, you can find good doses of vitamin B, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iodine, sodium, magnesium and iron complex.
Benefits of the artichoke
The artichoke is very useful to help in the treatment of diabetes, anemia, atherosclerosis, fever, liver problems, weakness, rheumatism, pneumonia, syphilis, heart disease, cough, urticaria, urea and urinary problems.
Properties of the artichoke
The properties include that the artichoke functions as a blood purifier against the sclera, serves as a diuretic, digestive, laxative, antirheumatic, anti-toxic, anti-hypotensive and thermal action.
How to use this Medicinal Plant
The artichoke can be consumed fresh naturally, as a salad or tea, the capsules can be consumed raw or cooked. The artichoke capsules should be consumed after or before the main meals during the day, accompanied by a little water.
Artichoke tea: should be placed in a cup of boiling water, between 2 and 4 grams of artichoke leaves and let cool for 5 minutes. Strain and drink later.
Gratin Artichoke Recipe
The consumption of artichoke au gratin is a delicious way to enjoy the benefits of this medicinal plant.
- 2 artichoke flowers
- 1 pack of milk cream
- 2 tablespoons grated cheese
To prepare the artichoke au gratin, just cut the artichoke into slices put all the ingredients in a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Add the cream and finally cover with the grated cheese, take it to bake in the oven at 220 C, approximately 15 to 20 minutes, the important thing is to see that they are well browned. Serve and enjoy all the benefits it gives us.
Important: at present there are no side effects of this medicinal plant.
Contraindications of Artichoke
The artichoke is contraindicated for patients with obstruction of the bile duct during pregnancy and lactation.