Artichoke Overview and Health Benefits


Artichoke is the unopened flower of a Thistle (a flowering plant characterized by leaves of sharp tips).
Artichoke is well known in the Mediterranean region.
In Lebanon, it is widely served as a cold “mezza” (Lebanese cold appetizers) with Lemon, garlic, and olive oil dressing. The Artichoke hearts can be processed into pickles, or cooked (Meat and Artichoke Stew or with white sauce or with tahina: sesame paste).

Health Benefits

– Reduces bad cholesterol (LDL Cholesterol)
– Contains “inulin” a carbohydrate that stabilizes blood sugar levels in diabetic patients
– Improves liver functioning
– Relief Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms
– Helps improve digestive problem such as dyspepsia and helps the digestion process
– Reduce risk of cancer (ex. Breast cancer)


Artichoke is an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin A, potassium, and manganese. Moreover, it contains compounds that help the flow of bile from the gallbladder (bile is essential for cholesterol regulation, liver and digestive functioning).


  1. George Niel
    January 7, 2012

    Ola! Cynthia Bu Jawdeh,
    Speaking of which, My husband bought a large jar of artichoke hearts marinated in oil. There is no way we can eat them in a short amount of time. How long can I trust that they will be good if I keep them refrigerated after they are open?

    • Cynthia Bu Jawdeh
      March 15, 2012

      If they are soaked in oil!! then they can last up to a year but in the refrigerator!!

      Just make sure the oil is always clear without any undesirable spots!!

      Thanks for the share :):)

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