Globe Artichoke Powder
Effective for Indigestion and High Cholesterol
FREZZOR NATURAL PURE NEW ZEALAND INGREDIENT
** The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food.
** The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of many budding small flowers (an inflorescence) together with many bracts, on an edible base. Once the buds bloom, the structure changes to a coarse, barely edible form. golden color with sequin of the garments
** The bud is composed of compactly arranged triangular scales in a whorl-fashion around a central "choke." The edible portion of the buds consists primarily of fleshy lower portions of the involucre bracts (triangular scales) and the base known as "heart".
** Another variety of the same species is the cardoon, a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. Both wild forms and cultivated varieties (cultivars) exist.
Artichoke is a perennial plant of the sunflower family, Asteraceae.
Botanical Name- Cynara scolymus L.
Other Common Names: Globe artichoke, garden artichoke.
Probably derived from artichoke thistle or the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus).
** Historians have verified that artichokes descended from wild cardoons.
** The plants are propagated by seeds or preferably with cuttings from the rootstock.
** Artichoke is one of the favorite winter season edible flower buds.
Known as "Ankinara" in Greek, its use as a vegetable is well known to the ancient Greeks and Romans who advocated it for its medicinal and health benefitting qualities.
Botanically, it belongs to the thistle family (Asteraceae), in the genus: Cynara.
Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus.
** Cardoons (Cynara cardunculus) are intimately related species to artichokes.
However, unlike in artichokes where their flower buds were sought after part of the plant, the blanched leafy stalks are the edible portions in cardoons.
**Several cultivates of artichoke grown and categorized based on their size, color, and spine.
- Green color, big size.
-Green color, medium size.
- Purple color, big size.
- Purple color, medium size.
** Artichoke leaf is an herbal medicine that has been utilized for thousands of years and contains antioxidant properties.
** Artichoke leaf extracts have demonstrated their possible ability to support the elimination channels of the body. This in turn would allow the body to work more efficiently in possibly preventing the build up of mold, bacteria and yeast.
** A variety of antioxidant compounds are present in globe artichoke.
** Artichokes serve as an effective vehicle for delivery of probiotics as also may contain substances such as inulin, which may support growth of probiotic strains.
** Most importantly, artichokes were shown to possibly aid probiotic bacteria strains during simulated gastric and intestinal digestion.
** Nutritional Value and Constituents of Artichokes:
**Constituents of Artichokes include:
Artichokes are low in saturated fat and cholesterol while being a rich source of fiber.
They contain vitamins which include vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, choline, Betaine, vitamin A (RAE), Betacarotene, vitamin A (IU), Lutein and Zeaxanthin, vitamin D, vitamin E (alpha- tocopherol), vitamin K, (phylloquinone).
They also provide minerals such as:
Calcium, Iron, Sodium, Potassium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Magnesium, Copper and Selenium.
Phenolic, Caffeic acid, mono- and dicaffeoylquinic acid derivatives and chlorogenic acid(mono derivative).
** Volatile acids:
Sesquiterpenes b-selinene and caryophyllene, eugenol, phenylacetaldehyde, decanal, oct-1-en-3-one, hex-1-en-3-one, and non-trans-2-enal.
Taraxasterol and b-taraxasterol, tannins, glycolic and glycerin acids, Inulin, enzymes, peroxidases, cynaropicrin and other sesquiterpene ketones.
** Uses of Artichoke Leaf Extract Powder:
** 1) Helps to ease upset stomach(dyspepsia) or digestive tract.
Effective for indigestion.
Artichoke leaf extract seems to reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, flatulence, and stomach pain in people with indigestion.
** 2) Supports intestinal health.
** 3) Supports healthy liver function.
** 4) Supports urination as a diuretic.
** 5)Supports healthy gallbladder function.
** 6) Supports beneficial bacteria and Flora in the intestinal tract.
** 7) Supports healthy lipid levels and cardiovascular health.
Reduces LDL or "bad" cholesterol.
** 8) Cancer prevention.
** 9) Regulated blood pressure.
** 9) Smooth bowel movements.
** 10) Hangover cure.
** 11) Prevention of birth defects.
** 12) Increased Bone Mineral Density.
** 13) Boosted Metabolism.
** 14) Improved Brain Function.