A recent study showed that the production of short-chain fatty acids in the intestine increases after eating artichokes. These fatty acids help support the gut by providing proper energy to the intestinal cells.
At the same time, they also help metabolize important nutrients such as carbohydrates and other fats. Artichokes are a healthy source of fiber in two ways. It is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, which is important for healthy digestion and thus counteracts flatulence and stomach cramps.
Eating plenty of fiber has been linked to lower blood cholesterol and better heart health. But it’s not just the fiber and prebiotics that make them so special, half a cup of artichokes also contains 240 mg of potassium, an important mineral and electrolyte that regulates fluid balance, muscle contractions and blood pressure.And to top it off, artichokes are a good source of magnesium, which in turn is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory minerals.