Artichoke is one of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables, grown by the Greeks and the Romans in the heyday of their power. It was said to have aphrodisiac effect. It was introduced in the early sixteenth century both as a vegetable and an ornamental plant in monastery gardens. It has been used in medicine as a tonifying and regenerating ingredient and its actives makes it a good antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Recent studies have shown strong antioxidant properties, with equivalent results to red berries (like cranberry, blueberry, blackberry) for ORAC Test.
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