Therapeutic power of ARTICHOKES
For good health
- Prevention of heart disease and liver
- Prevention of skin cancer
- Prevention of birth defects
When the wife of Henry the second began to eat the fruits of artichokes in France during the Renaissance, the people of France, considered a shameful thing. It has been rumored that artichoke provoke desire – how can a lady like lady (Catherine) eat these fruits in abundance?
Four centuries have passed since that time, did not show evidence to prove the validity of this claim that the artichoke raises biological motivations. But the fruits of artichoke play a major role in supplying health with fuel and energy, where researches have shown that the Artichokes fruits contain a compound helps to prevent certain types of cancer and it can protect liver from damage.
Green protection heritage
The beginning of the artichoke plant cultivation was in the Warm Nile Valley, but now it is mainly planted in hot climates in (Castrovil) in (California).So it’s not a strange thing that the artichoke – this immature flower thorn plant – protects against skin cancer.
In one study conducted at the University Hospital in (Kelevland), and School of Medicine at (Case Western Reserve university) which is in the (Cleveland) also, the researchers found that the ointment that is made of a l (silymarin) – a compound found in the artichoke – protect a mice from skin cancer.
But no need for you to put ointment made from artichoke to get this protection. Researcher Dr. Hasan Mukhtar – Professor of Dermatology and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Medicine (Case Western Reserve university): – “that the substance (silymarin) operate successfully because it is a powerful anti-oxidant.”The antioxidants help to prevent cancer in the body by getting rid of harmful molecules within cells, known as free radicals, before they damage DNA and pave the way for malignant tumors injury.
The free radicals consists in a natural way, but multiply rapidly by exposure to such things: – the light of the sun, and air pollution. You can not prevent free radical formation, but artichoke undermines its effects .
Dr. Mukhtar says: “The extract of (silymarin) is considered a powerful anti-oxidant to the extent that it is used to treat liver disease in Europe.”He adds that he did not make any studies yet to determine how many fruits of the artichoke you should eat to get these benefits. But at the same time, preliminary studies decide that it is ok for your diet to contain a lot of these fruits that have super impact on health, and delicious taste.
Artichoke hearts for your heart
Americans live a comfortable life and rely on fast food, causing them mostly decrease in important components of some food specially fibers that are found particularly in plant foods.
Although dietary fiber has no nutritional value but it is of enormous importance. And because it leads to increase in the size of the stool, it helps to get it out and expelled from the body faster. This is necessary to remove the toxins and cholesterol from the intestine before they cause any problems. Getting a sufficient amount of fiber (daily amount 25 gm) helps prevent high cholesterol levels, and protect from heart disease, as well as high blood pressure, high blood sugar (which leads to diabetes) and certain types of cancer, especially colon cancer.
one fruit of artichoke provide the body with 72 milligrams of magnesium; which equals 18% of the daily amount. And half a cup of artichoke heart alone provides the body with 50 milligrams or 13% of the daily amount.
Rich in folates
Pregnant women are wise when they eat the sweet layers of artichoke fruits; where the artichoke is rich in folates according to the researchers discovery, and Folate is one of the B vitamins necessary for the health and for fetal growth
Even if a woman is not pregnant, folate is considered a necessary nutrient that helps nerves to work properly. The studies also showed that folate is important in the prevention of heart disease, and some cancers.
It is sad that folate deficiency is common in this country. We do not eat enough okra, spinach and other foods rich in folate in order to get the 400 micrograms that the body needs per day.
One artichoke fruit contains 61 micrograms of folate; 15% of the daily amount. where half a cup of artichoke hearts contains about 43 micrograms, a figure that represents 11% of the daily amount.
Rich in vitamin (C)
Artichoke is a good source of vitamin (C , Like most of the fruits and vegetables that grow in the atmosphere of warm California.
Like (Silymarin) compound, Vitamin (C ), is a powerful anti-oxidant, and therefore is undermining the free radicals before they can cause any damage. Studies also show that eating plenty of vitamin (C ) helps in maintaining the health of the skin or the skin and strengthens the immune system against any bacteria or viruses. An artichoke fruit of medium size contains 12 milligrams of vitamin (C); 20% of the daily amount.
To get the maximum benefit:
Enjoy your benefit. The only problem faced by people with artichoke is that cooking of artichoke is a very fatiguing. The alternative way for this is to buy a bag full of frozen artichoke hearts, it is easy to prepare.In spite of that frozen artichoke lose some nutrients during processing, but it contains more folates than the fresh fruit
Eat it fresh to get the vitamin (C).Artichoke loses vitamin (C ) easily during processing. So if you wanted to reinforce the amount of vitamin (C ), you eat, eat fresh artichoke.
Be careful in Dunks. The artichoke is considered a low-fat diet; the benefit that you can lose quickly when the leaves are dipped in butter, so in order to keep on low fat level, replace the butter with a low-fat yogurt, with garlic spices, or lemon juice when you want to add something to it for flavor or taste.
The artichoke as a separate meal and not with other meals. where In spite of the artichoke itself is not of sweet taste, but it increases the sweetness of other foods.
Artichoke contains compound known as (Cynarine).When this compound is mixed with other foods it makes the taste of these foods sweet. Says “Eliza Green,” the former chef, which is now a consultant in the food in “Kings park” in Pennsylvania, which has already examined the differences and disagreements of mixing different foods: “Cynarine Raises the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. “Even the water taste will be sweet after eating artichokes. Therefore, it is best to eat it individually or with a neutral taste food like pasta.
“You may need to avoid eating artichokes with black grapes juice; because it provokes a sense of sweetness therefore spoil the taste of the grape juice,” she says, “Eliza Green.” and It is best to avoid drinking any alcohol with artichoke.
In the kitchen:
- 2 cans of artichoke hearts (each pack 9 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
- 3 large tablespoon of toasted bread crumbs.
- 1 large tablespoon of grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 furred garlic clove.
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Each meal contains
- 95 kcal
- 2.5 grams of fat
- 0.7 grams of saturated fat
- 1 mg cholesterol
- 137 mg sodium
- 7 grams dietary fiber
Heat the oven in advance to a temperature of 375 Celsius degrees .butter a glass pies dish 9 inches capacity with a liquid adhesion blocker.
Place the artichokes in a colander and wash well with cold water to be separated. Filtrate well and then dry it with a paper towel. Place it in the prepared dish and then spray with lemon juice.
In a small bowl, Mix the bread crumbs, cheese, herbs and spices, garlic and oil. Move the mixture with a fork until completely mixed, put the mixture evenly over the artichokes.
Put the mixture in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until higher layer become yellow .Serve hot.
Enough for 4 meals
Note to chef:
Use artichoke directly as it exits from the refrigerator, there is no need to defrost. If there is no Italian spices, replace it with 0.5 teaspoon of dry oregano and 0.5 tablespoons of basil and a handful of dry rosemary herb (Rosmarinus)
When the leaves are not clear, use a fork or spoon to remove the part containing hair (fuzz) then took the best part which is the heart of the fruit.
Dirt disappear behind the artichoke leaves, so it is important to wash it thoroughly and carefully before cooking it.
Remove the coarse leaves of Foreign Affairs and Corollas.
Place the artichokes in a large saucepan. Cover it with water till half of the saucepan then boil for 30 to 40 minutes. Or place the artichoke on the vase steam and cook for the same period of time.
In order to know that he has matured, tried to disarm relish in the middle, if out easily, the artichoke has matured.
To eat the useful part of the leaves, you have to hold the tips of the leaves and put the soft part in your mouth and cut with your teeth.