April 8, 2011
Tonight I boiled a couple artichokes to make stuffed artichokes for dinner tomorrow night. My husband suggested we use the water used for boiling to make artichoke soup. While searching for soup recipes that would use such water, I came across several sites stating the health benefits for drinking artichoke tea. Aside from being extremely high in antioxidants, artichokes have many other health benefits and has been used for medicinal purposes since the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. As an avid tea drinker, my curiosity was peaked. I had never had or heard of artichoke tea. I had to try it. I strained the water and poured it into a pitcher for later use. heating up just enough for two cups of tea, I forced my husband to try it with me. (I’m not adventurous enough to do it on my own. If I was going down due to this tea, he would be coming with me.) I sweetened it with honey and I must say, it is delicious!
Here are some of the health benefits for artichokes:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Relieves symptoms from Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Aids in other digestive issues by stimulating the flow of bile from the gallbladder
- Protects against toxins and infections in the liver
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels in diabetes
Because of the benefits in liver health, some sites I read suggested that you can drink artichoke tea as a hangover cure, stating that it will help metabolize alcohol. Other sites (and studies for that matter) disagree and say this is a myth. I guess you’ll just have to try it out and see.
Most sites agree that this is a great tea to drink after a large meal or before bed to relieve mild indigestion.
I’m glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried the dirty water that I normally would have dumped. I look forward to having it again. :)