Artichokes may stand in the shadows of the more exotic superfoods like the acai berry.
Scientific studies over the past three decades show just how powerful the active ingredients in artichokes are in helping stabilize blood sugar, clean the liver, and scrub arteries of bad cholesterol. A fatty liver is a common health challenge that can present in a variety of symptoms.
This beauty of a vegetable may look daunting but is delicious when correctly prepared. And it offers a superb boost for those looking to detox their liver and to shed some excess fat.
Why is the Artichoke the ultimate fat burner?
1 Artichoke is the Sugar Cop
Artichokes are rich in inulin.
Inulin is a blood sugar regulator and has virtually no calories.
Simply put, lower blood sugar means your body doesn’t need to convert as much excess sugar into stored fat in your body.
And the yo-yoing of sugar levels is tough and unhealthy for the body systems.
Adding artichokes to their diet is beneficial for diabetics.
2 Artichoke is the Ultimate Cholesterol Killer
Cynarin in artichokes supports the liver in being more efficient at processing and eliminating unhealthy fat.
In various studies done in Europe over the past 30 years and cited by the World Health Organization, cynarin has been found to significantly reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
note: According to Complementary + Alternative Health by Dr Steve Bratman, people with gallstones or gallbladder troubles should avoid artichoke leaf which was once used in traditional European medicine. The leaf may increase gallbladder contractions. Anyone with allergies to artichokes of course also have to be careful and this includes related plants such as arnica, from the Asteraceae family.
WHO’s studies on Medicinal Plants
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods