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Artichoke Tea

Artichoke tea, with somewhat bitter woody taste, is prepared from the flowers, leaves, roots, and stalks of globe artichoke plants (Cynara cardunculus or Cynara scolymus). Although it is produced commercially in the Dalat province in Vietnam, it is now commonly available and consumed throughout the world. The plant extracts are rich in certain chemicals as well as vitamins and minerals that are useful for anemia, arthritis, high blood pressure, and other health conditions.

Artichoke Tea

Artichoke Tea

Artichoke Tea

History and origin

Originating in North Africa as a wild plant, artichokes were first grown in Sicily, Italy for consumption during 500 BC. It was commonly used as a health food and digestive aid by the Egyptians and the Romans. Early use of the plant has been mentioned in the Roman literature that dates back to 77 AD. In certain Asian countries, including Vietnam and China, the leaf extracts have been traditionally used as an herbal remedy for several ailments.

Artichoke tea benefits: what is it good for

Rich in antioxidants

Scientific studies on animals have confirmed that the abundance of antioxidants found in this tea reduces oxidative stress. Thus, it protects the body against the damages caused by environmental toxins and free radicals.

Its high polyphenol content is beneficial in delaying the ill effects of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Its powerful anti-cancer property helps in reducing the spread and growth of malignant cells.

For liver detoxification

Its consumption helps in flushing out harmful substances from the blood, owing to the presence of two compounds – chlorogenic acid and cynarin. It also contains a good quantity of potassium, which helps in cleansing the body.

By getting rid of impurities, it improves blood circulation as well as the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin. Thus, it contributes to making the skin glow naturally.

Artichoke Leaves

Artichoke Leaves

Artichoke Tea Images

Artichoke Tea Images

Promotes digestion

Its intake is useful for the production of bile, a fluid needed for the absorption of fats as well as for proper digestion. With its high fiber content, this herbal drink reduces several symptoms of indigestion like stomach pain, flatulence, vomiting, and nausea.

For weight loss

It promotes weight loss by getting rid of excess fat as well as various waste materials.

Reduction in cholesterol

Even though some studies have shown mixed results, taking artichoke tea possibly helps in lowering the LDL cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein) as well as the overall cholesterol levels, monitoring the LDL and HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) ratios.

Artichoke Flower

Artichoke Flower

Artichoke Tea Pictures

Artichoke Tea Pictures

How to make artichoke tea

  • Take some artichoke tea in a mug or teacup.
  • Boil water in a container and leave it for few minutes after removing from heat.
  • Pour warm water over the tea and steep for 4-5 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Sweeten it by adding sugar or honey

If you are using tea bags, immerse them in the warm water for around 5 minutes.

Safety information and side effects

It is usually safe for consumption if taken as part of a regular diet. However, some people may develop allergic reactions and suffer from intestinal gas buildup. Those suffering from health conditions like gallstones and bile duct obstruction should check with their doctor prior to taking this tea.

During pregnancy

Since no scientific evidence has backed its use in pregnant and breastfeeding women, they should stay away from using it to avoid any health issues.

Artichoke Plant

Artichoke Plant

Artichoke Root

Artichoke Root

Where to buy

You can purchase quality artichoke tea online or from stores selling organic herbal teas.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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