What is Artichoke Tea?
Artichoke tea is an earthy and beneficial tea brewed from the leaves, stalk, and roots of the artichoke plant. Scientifically known as Cynara scolymus, most people are only familiar with artichokes as appetizers, or they enjoy eating the pickled artichoke hearts. The idea of brewing a tea with this unusual vegetable dates back thousands of years, to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and it remains a viable remedy for many common health conditions.
The taste of artichoke tea is unexpectedly pleasant, with a smooth sweet flavor that is rather subtle. Despite the sweetness, there is an earthy note to it that some people try to cover with a bit of natural sweetener. However you choose to prepare it, this unique tea can have some very impressive health effects.
Artichoke Tea Health Benefits
The nutrient-rich artichoke tea contains vitamins, folate, and minerals such as phosphorus, zinc, and iron that have health benefits for the liver and help detoxify the body. Oher health benefits of artichoke tea include lowering blood pressure, aiding weight loss, and optimizing digestive processes, to name a few.
This vegetable is very dense in antioxidants, such as quercetin and rutin, as well as vitamin C, all of which can help protect the skin from chronic disease and oxidative stress, thus preventing wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.
On a similar note, artichoke’s dense antioxidant levels will also help you avoid the negative effects of free radicals in the rest of the body, preventing chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
There are some trace minerals in this tea that can suppress the appetite, which can help to prevent overeating and aid in weight loss goals.
How to Make Artichoke Tea?
You can brew artichoke at home, provided you don’t want to drink it right away, as the process is a bit time-intensive.
- Step 1 – Trim down the artichoke to just the vegetable.
- Step 2 – Add the artichoke to a pot of water and bring to a boil.
- Step 3 – Continue low boiling the pot for 4 hours.
- Step 4 – Turn off the heat, but allow the artichoke to soak for another 4-6 hours.
- Step 5 – Remove the artichoke; either discard or use it to cook.
- Step 6 – Pour the artichoke tea into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Artichoke Tea Side Effects
There are quite a few good things about artichoke tea, but there are some considerations, such as allergic reactions and issues with gallstones. Some people are allergic to artichokes or may react to this concentration of its active ingredients. Start by drinking a small amount, and if you experience side effects besides a bit more flatulence, you may be sensitive to this tea. People with kidney or gallstones may want to avoid this tea, as it can exacerbate these problems. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not recommended to drink this potent preparation.