A Sweet Stomach and Liver Relief
Have you ever considered drinking a cup of sweet artichoke tea to help you lose some weight? You’ve probably come across artichoke as an appetizer, as an ingredient in your salad, or even as a topping on your pizza.
How can a pizza topping help you to lose weight?
Let’s find out.
Its Latin name is cynara scolymus, but there are several other species of artichoke, not all of them are edible, so be sure to avoid cynara silvestis, the wild artichoke.
Artichoke is a perennial thistle native to southern Europe, northern Africa and the Canary Islands. In History, you will find that it was used by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, mostly as a digestive aid and for liver protection.
Today, this tea is commonly sold in Vietnam. This flavoured drink is known in Vietnamese as tra atiso.
A thistle like the artichoke is a plant that flowers with leaves that have sharp prickles on their margins. The plant itself can reach 1,5m to 2 m in height with an edible bud of 8 cm to 15 cm in diameter with triangular scales.
That’s right, the bud can be eaten, leaves and heart, with lemon and melted butter. And if that doesn’t leave your mouth watering, then you can always make a light sweet tea with the leaves, roots and stalk and the actual flower known as the artichoke.
Let’s learn some more about this tea…
Benefits of Artichoke Tea
When you take this tea, you will be ingesting a drink that is rich in folate, vitamins A, B1 and C, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and dietary fiber. And here are the amazing benefits of tea made with artichoke:
- Artichoke tea helps to protect the liver and treat related diseases. It stimulates the liver function and the production of bile. Overall, it helps with liver insufficiency.
- Because of its beneficial action on the liver, it may help to fight the evil consequences of alcoholism, through faster liver recovery.
- This tea is diuretic, easing elimination of urea. It also contains inulin, which is important as a hypoglycemic, recommended to diabetics as it helps to regulate the levels of sugar in the blood.
- Also as a diuretic, artichoke tea is indicated as one of the great weight loss teas, helping to rid the body of excess body fat and preventing water retention, through the urine.
- It may help to treat bad digestion. It is gentle and soothing for your stomach, even promoting the recovery of your appetite. It provides healthy bacteria for your stomach and essential nutrients for you.
- With a tea made from dried or fresh leaves and stems of artichoke, you can recover better from nausea, abdominal pains, constipation, diarrhea, bloating sensation, as well as being a natural remedy for heartburn.
It may also have preventive action against these ailments, so if you are prone to bad digestion, make this tea a part of your daily diet.
- It’s a caffeine free tea. So if you are watching your anxiety levels, this tea is safe for you.
- Artichoke tea helps to reduce cholesterol levels as well as helping to prevent future increase.
- This tea helps in the prevention of heart diseases and strokes.
- Finally, by eliminating toxins in your body, an artichoke tea will not only promote all the benefits mentioned above, but you will also have the added bonus of clear skin.
Other Uses for Artichoke Infusions
If you are looking for a natural asthma treatment, consider making artichoke stock with a bit of olive oil and lemon to help clear out your breathing problems.
Side Effects of Artichoke Tea
With so many benefits, it’s hard to think there would be any side effects to drinking such a healthy tea.
However, just keep in mind the following. If you are one of the unlucky few to be allergic to chamomile, dandelion or Echinacea, then there is a pretty good chance that you’ll be allergic to artichoke, too.
Additionally, if you suffer from gallstone, then you should not take this tea, this also goes for any kidney related diseases. Check with your doctor, he may want to take artichoke off your diet in all its forms.
Drinking Artichoke Tea
To make the most of the health benefits listed above, it is important to learn how to make artichoke tea. This way you’ll be able to brew it right in your own home.
If you make your tea from leaves, stalk and root of artichoke then this is a good recipe for your tea: place 50g to 100g of artichoke leaves, stalk and roots in a liter of boiling water. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes and then take a cup of this tea three times a day, before meals. This tea is has a light green colour.
Some people even take advantage of the water they cook their artichokes in. You shouldn’t add any condiments to your cooking water, this way you can drink it as tea as soon as the artichokes are ready. Now, go ahead and add the artichokes to your salad. Nothing is lost with this tea recipe.
Here’s a tip: do not add sweeteners to your artichoke tea. This tea has a mild, smooth, sweetness to it. Some even say that this tea stimulates your taste buds so much that it is recommended that you don’t taste wine after this tea. Its taste will seem altered and sweeter.