We discover the benefits and fantastic detox properties of artichoke water and how to use it.The artichoke is a vegetable that has different properties so much that it is used in the kitchen and as an excellent phytotherapeutic remedy, in particular for liver purification or to improve digestion. You can also benefit from its properties by using artichoke water. Here’s how.
Artichoke water is nothing more than the water in which this vegetable has been cooked in which, precisely while cooking, you are missing most of the vitamins, minerals, and other substances in artichokes. Not surprisingly, to avoid this, we have often advised you to prefer steam cooking which allows you to maintain the properties of the food better.
Not everyone knows that not only is it possible to reuse the cooking water of artichokes, but given the numerous beneficial properties, it is a great purifying cure-all at almost zero cost that everyone should take advantage of by preparing it ad hoc when you want to cook artichokes. But what benefits does artichoke water bring to our body?
The Properties Of Artichoke Water
To understand the potential of a drink that is prepared starting from the artichoke, it is good to know the properties of this vegetable, which is much appreciated in our country. Artichokes are rich in water and fiber useful for the intestine, mineral salts (including iron), vitamins (especially group B and vitamin C), and antioxidant substances such as flavonoids.
Particularly interesting at a phytotherapeutic level is the presence of cynarin, an active ingredient useful for the well-being of the liver that makes the artichoke, in the form of a supplement or herbal tea, a natural remedy often recommended in the case of certain liver disorders or when it is necessary—the purification of the organism. The artichoke also promotes diuresis, has digestive qualities, helps keep blood sugars at bay, and lowers cholesterol.
The artichoke is, therefore:
- Rich in water and fiber
- Source of minerals and vitamins
- Rich in antioxidants
- Depurative at the level of the liver
- Promotes diuresis
- It has digestive qualities
- It keeps blood sugars at bay
- Lower cholesterol
How To Prepare Artichoke Water
To prepare the artichoke water, you need to use it in its entirety, well washed, cleaned of the outer leaves, and remove the hardest part of the stem. Since it is a purifying remedy, choosing excellent quality, healthy, and spotless artichokes is good. Above all untreated, pesticides are used in the traditional crops of these vegetables. It would be a contradiction to make a purifying drink in which, in addition to the active ingredients of the artichoke, we also find chemicals that are potentially harmful to health.
- Three artichokes
- 1 liter of water
Wash and clean the artichokes, put them in a pot of water, bring to a boil and cook for about 15 minutes before turning off. Let it rest with the lid on until it has reached room temperature, at which point drain the artichokes and eat them as you like, pouring the water into a glass bottle. Artichoke water can be kept in the fridge for about a week. However, it is better not to drink it cold at room temperature or lukewarm.
How To Clean Artichokes
Cleaning artichokes is not always an easy task unless you know all the tricks to make the job faster and better done.
How To Use Artichoke Water
If you cook the artichokes in water, avoid draining them by throwing away the remaining liquid. Instead, that water can be reused for other recipes (for example, preparing soups, risottos, etc.) or drunk instead of an herbal tea: artichoke or other purifying herbs. To take advantage of the good detox effect, it is generally recommended to drink a glass of artichoke water in the morning on an empty stomach for a shorter or longer period depending on your needs. Usually, you have to extend the drink for two or three weeks to see results. The drink’s taste is very bitter, so it may not be easy for everyone to take this natural remedy consistently.
Contraindications Of Artichoke Water
Those who take drugs should consult a doctor before taking artichoke water as the active ingredients of this vegetable could interfere with some medicines. Avoid the remedy even if you suffer from gallstones or are allergic to plants from the Asteraceae family. Finally, artichoke water is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding.