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Artichoke vegetable (antioxidants such as preventing cholesterol,cancer, prostrate, heart attacks, other health benefits)

Price: 8-10 Jumbo size (price for California) Other place please call 415-318-0247
An artichoke is a vegetable with many health benefits:
High in Antioxidants
A study done by the USDA found that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable and they ranked seventh in a study of the antioxidant levels of 1,000 different foods.  Some of the powerful antioxidants in artichokes are quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin

Cancer Prevention and Treatment
Studies done with artichoke leaf extract have found that they induce apoptosis (cell death) and reduce cell proliferation in many different forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, leukemia, and breast cancer. An Italian study found that a diet rich in the flavanoids present in artichokes reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Good for the LiverThanks to cynarin and another antioxidant, silymarin, artichokes are very beneficial to the liver. Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue.  Artichokes have long been used in folk and alternative medicine as a treatment for liver ailments and the scientific studies are now proving them to be correct.

Better Digestion
Artichokes help the digestive system.  They are a natural diuretic, they aid digestion, improve gallbladder function and, as mentioned above, they are of great benefit to the liver.

Cholesterol Reduction
Ingredients in artichoke leaves have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase.  They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

High in Fiber
One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber.  A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes.

How to Boil Artichokes
Boiling artichokes is one of the easiest ways to cook them.  You can boil them plain or stuff them and boil them.

Prepare the Artichokes
Cut off the stems so the artichokes can stand upright in the pan.  Next, remove the tough outer leaves near the stem.  Rinse the artichokes in cold water and let dry.  Cut about a half inch of the tops of the artichokes.  If you won't be using them right away, squeeze lemon juice over the artichokes to prevent them from darkening.

Prepare the Pot

Place about an inch of salted water in a large pot or Dutch oven.  For more flavor, you can saute a bit of chopped garlic in some olive oil in the bottom of the pot and then add about an inch of vegetable broth instead of water.  Put flame on medium heat and until it is boiling

Cooking the ArtichokesOnce the water is simmering, place the artichokes in the pot, bottoms down.  Make sure they can stand upright.  If they aren't, you may need to trip the stem some more so they stand upright. 

Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let boil for about 30-40 minutes.  Large artichokes may take a bit longer and baby artichokes may take as little as 10 minutes so make sure to check every now and then to see if they're done.

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