LA BELLA VITA

By Bella888

Flower to eat

Woke up before the alarm. So prepared 3 artichokes bought yesterday. One to eat warm later. The others cold for the weekend.

The lovely Romanian farm shop assistant said in Romania they drink the cooking water - ‘good for the heart’. See info. below if interested. Will try and may live to 120.

Meeting friend (& her mum who’s visiting), in Southbourne. Think Mr G’s coming.

Thanks for hosting Flower Friday Anni.

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ARTICHOKES - SUPERFOOD:-

“Artichokes are low in fat while rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Particularly high in folate and vitamins C and K, they also supply important minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and iron. ... To top it off, artichokes rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables (2, 3).16 Jan 2019”

“Benefits of Artichoke Tea
Artichoke leaves contain some powerful phytonutrients - cynarin, silymarin, quercetin, rutin, and gallic acid, which can help protect us against liver disease, cancer, and heart disease.

Artichokes are rich in vitamin C, K, folate, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, much of which ends up in the water when you cook the artichoke.

The cynarin in artichokes helps stimulate bile production and is beneficial for your liver. Silymarin is also a very good liver protectant so artichoke tea and broth are excellent for helping you detox.

Lose Water Weight
Artichokes are a natural diuretic and can help prevent water retention and allow you to shed some water weight. And when you eat the artichoke, with all its wonderful fiber, it will act as a natural laxative and remove additional waste and toxins. Just one medium artichoke has a whopping 7 grams of fiber. And your gut microbes will have a feast too!

Hot or Cold
So enjoy the hot broth as a tea or use it to cook dried beans or as a broth for soup.”

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