Artichoke to care for the health of the liver and gallbladder

The artichoke It is a vegetable whose popularity has increased enormously in recent years, due to the fact that some time ago it became popularartichoke diet(mainly because some familiar faces followed and defended it), which consisted mainly in the consumption of this vegetable as the main food, in addition to others allowed. The truth is that, as we will see, it becomes an ideal food within any varied diet, thanks to the different benefits it provides, especially for the liver and gallbladder.

If we speak, in fact, what are the benefits that the artichoke offers us, we must refer to its nutritional wealth from the start, since it provides interesting amounts of vitamins (vitamin C, B1 and B6) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron). In addition, it is tremendously low in fat and therefore in calories. In fact, 100 grams of artichoke provide just 40 calories and 0.1 grams of fat.

As we have exposed you on one or another occasion, the artichoke is a non-thorny variety of the wild thistle of the Mediterranean regions, in such a way that we tend to consume the flower, although its leaves are what give it its important and outstanding therapeutic properties (hence the fact that the artichoke extract).

It is not our goal to return to redound the benefits of the artichoke, but to echo one of the most important virtues of it: its properties for the liver and for the gallbladder.

Ideal for the liver

The artichoke is an ideal food for both liver as for the gallbladder, since it has a choleretic action that increases the biliary secretion, so that, for example, it can be very useful in cases of jaundice, poor digestion of fats, congestion or lazy liver.

But the virtues of the artichoke for the liver and gallbladder do not end here, as it helps in the protection of your cells when they are exposed to various toxins. That is, it is a excellent hepatoprotector, which means that it helps protect the different cells of the liver, in a totally natural way.

This quality is due to the presence of cynarin, an active principle that we find almost exclusively in this vegetable, and that is able to capture free radicals that favor the oxidation of cells (and their subsequent aging). In addition, it provides antioxidant qualities thanks to its bioflavonoid content.

However, as it does with the Marian thistle, it has not been possible to demonstrate at the moment that it helps to regenerate the liver cells.

Therefore, the regular consumption of artichoke is particularly interesting in case of presence of fat in the liver, besides being interesting in case of liver failure, hepatitis and jaundice.

With many benefits to take care of the gallbladder

As we indicated in the previous section, the artichoke contains cinarina, the main responsible for the cholagogue and choleretic properties of this wonderful vegetable. This means that not only is it able to stimulate the production of bile in the liver, but it also helps in emptying it into the gallbladder, which translates into an extremely interesting quality: it favors a correct -and better- digestion of the fats

It also stimulates the biliary secretion, so it acts positively against the constipation, since the bile allows to activate the intestinal movements, reason why it contributes and helps to favor the elimination of the different fecal matters.

How can we take the artichoke to enjoy its hepatoprotective qualities

There are different ways to prepare the artichoke so you can easily enjoy its hepatoprotective properties, and its different qualities on the gallbladder.

Of course, first we must prepare them for cooking. How? Very simple: you only have to remove the outer leaves of the artichoke that are drier and harder, as well as the tips. Then, with the help of a teaspoon, you can remove the fuzz that you will find inside this vegetable.

Although it is possible to have a wide variety of delicious recipes, here we show you which are the simplest options:

  • Boiled artichokes:You just have to put water in a saucepan or large saucepan and bring to a boil. Just when it starts to boil add the artichokes, leaving them to cook for at least 15 minutes, until they are tender.
  • Steamed artichokes:You just have to put the artichokes in the steamer, cover them and let them cook between 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Baked artichoke:Preheat the oven to 200ºC.Place the artichokes on a baking sheet, add a little extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, your favorite aromatic herbs, and cook for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and tender.

Do you know what bile is?

The bile It is a substance formed mainly by bile salts and cholesterol. It is naturally secreted by hepatocytes, which are the cells found in the liver, which is then stored in the gallbladder to be subsequently secreted after ingestion of food, in order to metabolize and digest them.

Let's say that the main function of bile is to prepare the digestion of fatty substances or bodies to, thanks to the pancreatic juice, produce the digestion of them.

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