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Pop quiz: Which of these two foods has more fiber, oats or artichokes?

If you thought oats have the highest amount of fiber, you’re incorrect! Artichokes have more dietary fiber than any vegetable or grain. A medium-sized artichoke has 7 grams of fiber – 28 percent of daily recommended fiber.

But the benefits of artichokes don’t end there. Here are 7 reasons you should eat artichokes or take artichoke leaf extract.

1. Regulate cholesterol levels

Artichokes contain cynarin, an acid that increases bile production in the liver and consequently lowers cholesterol levels in the body.

It’s also worth noting that fiber helps remove bad cholesterol from the body. According to this study, cholesterol levels of participants who took artichoke leaf extract (ALE) for 12 weeks were reduced by 4.2 percent.

2. Improve your digestion

Artichokes will improve your digestion, thanks to fiber and cynarin. For one thing, cynarin eliminates bloating and helps relieve digestive pain.

Fiber improves bowel movement thus preventing constipation and gas. But for fiber to work, you have to be properly hydrated.

3. Improve liver function

Artichokes will improve liver health due to their strong antioxidant properties. In fact, they can lower risk of liver cancer. In this study, researchers found that artichokes slowed down activity of liver cancer cells.

4. Lower blood pressure

Artichokes contain potassium which helps offset the effects of high sodium intake. And as you may know, high sodium intake increases blood pressure. It’s also worth noting that potassium helps reduce water retention and bloating.

5. Fight free radicals

Did you know that a medium-sized artichoke contains 25 percent of daily recommended vitamin C? This vitamin has antioxidant action that stops free radicals from stressing and damaging your cells. Vitamin C also helps wounds heal fast and strengthens the immune function.

6. Lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Artichokes contain vitamin K. This vitamin is widely known for helping blood clot, but it can also improve brain function and consequently lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Vitamin K regulates calcium levels in the brain (and bones as well). Research shows that people with low levels of vitamin K have dysregulated calcium in the brain and this can cause Alzheimer’s.

7. Boost metabolic function

Artichokes will boost your metabolic function because they contain manganese. This nutrient is used in the metabolism of fatty acids, cholesterol and amino acids. Your body absorbs nutrients optimally when it gets enough manganese.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-benefits-of-artichokes-you-didnt-know.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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