May 15, 2015

Artichoke - Our Spring friend

There is no vegetable I find as useful as the artichoke for internal cleansing purposes. The artichoke is a mighty antioxidant, as well as a powerful digestive, hepatic and gall bladder aid. It naturally reduces cholesterol, and thereby decreases the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease. From an Ayurvedic point of view, artichokes exert a cooling and drying effect on the organism. They are effective for disorders of Pitta and Kapha, where their juicy flesh eliminates excess heat and accumulated toxins. Artichokes are therefore great for this time of year,  I can’t wait to start making them!

This diuretic vegetable is low in calories,with only 60 calories for one medium cooked globe and fat-free. Decoctions of artichoke leaves have been used as blood cleansers, cholertics, to improve bile production and secretion and to detoxify the liver and the skin.

In Skinveda's Ayurvedic Body Sculpting Cream, Artichoke helps flush out toxins and has a chloretic effect.

Current research is showing benefits to the liver from cynarin, a compound found in the artichoke's leaves. Silymarin is another compound found in artichokes that has powerful antioxidant properties and may help the liver regenerate and heal the tissues.