Cardoon, raw

Fun Facts

  1. As in celery, cardoon too is one of very low-calorie leaf vegetable, carrying just 17 calories per 100 g. Nonetheless, it contains unique health benefiting plant nutrients such as anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  2. Research studies suggest that certain bitter principles cynarin and sesquiterpene-lactones in cardoon thistle extraction have overall cholesterol reduction effect in the blood through inhibition of its synthesis and increasing its excretion in the bile.
  3. Further, cardone petioles contain numerous phytonutrients such as luteolin, silymarin, caffeic acid and ferulic acid and dicaffeoyl-quinic acids, which protect cellular proteins, membrane lipids, and DNA from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
  4. It is also rich in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid that are essential for optimum cellular metabolic functions.

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