By James Madeiros
Artichokes often get a bad rap due to their quirky appearance, preparation requirements and reputation as an uppity cosmopolitan side dish, but it turns out they may have a purpose after all.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that artichokes and artichoke extract may help cure hangovers, even resulting in the manufacture and marketing of artichoke drinks that would allegedly provide the party set with a speedier morning recovery.
While the drinks are likely more gimmick than gold mine, their time in the spotlight helps draw attention to artichokes as a good source of antioxidants. They also have a strong effect on the body’s enzymes that increase bile production and therefore aid in liver function.
Unfortunately, that may be where the good news stops for artichokes with regard to alcohol. While there is not a wealth of scientific data on the subject and so is not conclusive, studies that have been done indicate artichoke extract has no effect as a hangover cure.
Even so, some research has revealed that artichoke extract does help ease nausea and other abdominal pain that may or may not originate from a hangover, and its antioxidants do help stimulate liver function, so all is not lost when it comes to the perennial thistle.
Of course, I should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. Because everyone is different, you should work with your medical professional to determine what’s best for you. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).