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Why You Should Be Eating Artichoke

Grilled artichoke! Not only is artichoke delicious, it's good for you!

Jennifer Caryn Brand Nutrition, Why You Should Be Eating Artichoke

Extracts from artichoke are used as medicine (food is medicine). They can stimulate bile flow, which is important for digestion, and can help lower cholesterol levels. Artichoke extracts have also been used for IBS, liver and kidney problems, anemia, arthritis, problems with water retention, gallstones, and for bladder infections.

Artichoke contains fiber, also good for digestion, detox and for lowering cholesterol levels.

They contain B vitamins (energy production), vitamin C (antioxidant vitamin, also important for collagen production), vitamin K (bone health and blood clotting), and a variety of antioxidant compounds (fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals, which can lead to inflammation).

Artichoke also provides a variety of minerals important for health including potassium (heart rate and blood pressure regulation), manganese (cofactor for antioxidant enzymes), copper (cofactor for antioxidant and other enzymes, and needed for red blood cell production) and iron (red blood cell production).

5 Reasons Why Greens Truly Are Superfoods

Greens on greens! Green foods are superfoods, and there's good reason for this. There are great sources of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants (and more). Here are 5 reasons to eat them. 

  1. Leafy greens contain vitamin K, important for bone health and blood clotting.
  2. Greens (like spinach and broccoli for example, among others) are good sources of vitamins C, A and E, antioxidant vitamins.
  3. Vegetables, green and other colors for that matter, are good sources of fiber, which is important for proper digestion and detoxification.
  4. Greens are a source of B vitamins, important for the production of energy. That means they help convert the food you eat into fuel your body can use!
  5. This next one might surprise you. They contain calcium. You likely can't eat enough greens in a day to get in the recommended amount of calcium, but it helps contribute.

What are your favorite green foods?