The flower bud of a thistle plant in the sunflower family, artichokes have thorny points on their leaves which must be removed before eating. There are more than 100 varieties of artichokes worldwide, ranging from dark green to deep purple in color and from large spheres to long oval cylinders in shape.
Arguably the “superfood” of the moment, spirulina is associated with a number of health claims, from curing allergies and candida to detoxifying the body and aiding in weight loss. Does this blue-green algae deliver, or is it all health hype?
While there is evidence that certain dietary supplements can decrease blood sugar, many come with potential dangers. Aside from the obvious risk of hypoglycemia, other considerations include interactions with medications, liver problems and gastrointestinal issues.