Artichokes are among the heart healthiest foods on the planet. Not only are they listed among the 10 richest foods in antioxidants, but they are also a super natural source for magnesium. Magnesium, when consumed from natural food sources helps to keep our moods calm, heart rhythms in check and blood vessels healthy. So what else makes artichokes so healthily alluring?
- Protective to the Liver: A number of studies have now found that artichokes to improve blood flow through the liver and reduce buildup of toxins. A recent study even found artichoke extracts to reduce fatty liver.
- Reduces oxidized LDL: Several studies have found artichokes to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) 5-15% and a recent study demonstrated reduction in oxidized LDL, a more harmful form of the bad cholesterol due to its propensity to promote plaque growth.
- Improves glucose and triglyceride levels: Artichoke extract has also been shown in preliminary studies to modestly lower blood glucose levels and blood fats (triglycerides).
- Inflammation Buster: Not only are artichokes very rich in antioxidants as noted above, but they also exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory properties. If you want to know why you should care about inflammation, read this! Stay tuned for important information related to inflammation and the heart due out later this year.
Michael Miller, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore where he takes care of patients, conducts original research and teaches medical students. His most recent book is “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease“.