Cardoon Nutrients and Health Benefits

Cardoon VegetableIn this article I would like to introduce you to an interesting, beautiful, and unique Vegetable called Cardoon. Other names for Cardoon are Cardone, Carduni, Cardoni, Cardi, Artichoke Thistle, or its Binomial name is Cynara Cardunculus. Cardoon vegetable was and still is pretty popular around the world. In Australia, California, and Argentina this Cardoon Vegetable is considered as a highly invasive weed. Cardoon vegetable needs to be handled very carefully because of the hard-to-see and poky spines.

Some people claim that Mario Batali, who is an American chef, said that Cardoons has a “very sexy flavor”. Cardoon’s flower buds can be eaten just like an artichoke. The stems are usually eaten after being either braised, battered, or fried. Cardoon’s stalks look like Celery stalks and are usually eaten after being steamed or braised. Also, Cardoon’s root can be eaten after being boiled.

The Nutrients in a cup or 178 grams of Raw Shredded Cardoon are:

– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid (Good Amount)
– Vitamin C
– Protein
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium (Good Amount)
– Sodium
– Zinc
– Copper (Good Amount)
– Manganese (Good Amount)
– Selenium
– Natural Fats
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Carbohydrates
– Dietary Fiber
– Calories

The Health Benefits of Cardoon that we can expect because of the amounts in some of these Nutrients are:

Vitamin B6:
– Supports Brain Function
– Provides Healthy Energy
– Reduces Risk of Heart attack
– Supports Nervous system
– Protects from homocysteine build-up
– Reduces fatigue
– Lowers chance of anemia
– Helps protect from eczema
– Helps protect from dermatitis
– Supports healthy skin
– May reduce seizures

Vitamin B9:
– Supports cell production
– Helps protect from anemia
– Protects from homocysteine build-up
– Supports Healthy Nerve Function
– May prevent from osteoporosis
– May prevent from Alzheimer’s disease
– Reduces Irritability
– Protects from depression
– Reduces Insomnia
– Helps protect from fatigue
– Improves memory
– Reduces gingivitis
– Reduces birth defects
– Supports brain health
– Improves Spine health

Calcium:
– Maintains healthy bones
– Improves nerve function
– Improves muscle function
– Supports Healthy blood clotting
– Reduces feet tingling
– Reduces hand tingling
– Lowers chance of retardation in children
– Reduces chance of bone deformities
– Reduces feet numbness
– Reduces hand numbness
– Improves teeth health

Magnesium:
– Relaxes nerves
– Relaxes muscles
– Strengthens bones
– Builds bones
– Improves blood circulation
– Protects from muscle spasms
– Improves heart rate
– Normalizes blood sugar level
– Helps prevent headaches

Potassium:
– Improves nerve function
– Improves muscle function
– Reduces confusion
– Reduces irritability
– Reduces fatigue
– Lowers chance of heart problems
– Lowers chance of high blood pressure
– Protects from chronic diarrhea
– Improves exercise ability

Manganese:
– Supports strong bones
– Supports healthy bones
– Normalizes blood sugar levels
– Supports healthy thyroid gland
– Improves Nerve health
– Protects from free radicals
– Helps protect from nausea
– Reduces vomiting
– Reduces skin rashes
– Maintains Hair color
– Normalizes Cholesterol levels
– Helps prevent dizziness
– Helps prevent hearing loss
– Supports healthy reproduction

Dietary Fiber:
– Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
– Normalizes Cholesterol Levels
– Helps prevent constipation
– Helps prevent hemorrhoids
– Supports Weight Loss

3 thoughts on “Cardoon Nutrients and Health Benefits

  1. How interesting ! When young, we’d climb the mountain meadows in search for the plant, cut edges and thorny ends, and eat only the inner part. The pant is called thistle. The elders told us to eat it without knowing its full nutritional value. Thanks for this post

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