Artichoke extract is one of the few herbal remedies that has been through clinical trials and experiments to yield favorable results. Artichoke extract has been proven to aid with everything from diabetes to curing a hangover. One of the favorable benefits for many is the ability of artichoke extract to aid with weight loss.
The artichoke is one of the oldest known cultivated vegetables. It originated in Ethiopia but Italy is the world’s leading producer of the artichoke. In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans used the artichoke as a digestive aid. It was only available to the wealthy due to its lack of availability. The French and Spanish brought the artichoke to the United State. Today, California cultivates large numbers of artichokes.
Artichokes are a great source of dietary fiber, magnesium, and chromium, a trace mineral. Artichokes are a good source of vitamin C, folic acid, biotin, and manganese. They are also sources of niacine, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A and potassium.