The consumption of artichoke promotes the proper functioning of the gallbladder.
The association promoting Spanish artichokes says this benefit derives from cynarin, the substance in this vegetable which gives it its characteristic slightly bitter taste.
This phenolic compound stimulates bile secretion, which in turn helps prevent gallstones forming, it said in a press release.
Dietitian Antonio Gómez Castro said that, like most fruit and vegetables, the artichoke is also a good source fibre, which helps guard against gallstones. It is also a source of sterols, which helps limit cholesterol absorption, he said.
The association also highlights that the health benefits from eating fresh artichokes include their diuretic properties and and content of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.