It is really no surprise that with the overwhelming success of coconut water over the past few years, someone would want to take it on with a new hot ticket. This hot new ticket seems to be artichoke water.
Artichokes are well known for their good gut health prebiotic inulin content, their antioxidant and immune promoting caffeic and chlorogenic acid (1), as well as their ability to help reduce the damaging effects of oxidation of the “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (2). Well we know how artichokes themselves can benefit us but water about artichoke water and will this new product hold its weight in a battle up again coconut water?
- Closest fluid to our very own blood plasma. This means our bodies “welcome” it better than other sources for properly balanced rehydration.
- Has fewer calories, sugar, sodium and more potassium than most sports drinks.
- There is some evidence showing it can help reduce oxidative stress while also being a good source of phytohormones which may help to protect and strengthen cells (3,4).
- Excellent source of enzymes, electrolytes, good source of B vitamins
- Protective effects on the liver (5,6)
- Good source of electrolytes and B vitamins
- Rich in phytonutrients like quercetin and cynarin
- Promotes good gut health, blood sugar and possible aid in reducing inflammation(7)
Neither of these drinks are miracle cures for anything but both do offer their own kick ass benefits. Drinking straight up water for the majority of your hydration and health needs should be your first priority but if you are just someone looking to improve their health with the occasional alternative beverage, both are great choices. If you are an athlete or consistently train for over an hour, you will want to add some sodium to these beverages to facilitate the best rehydration. Salt is our friend sweaty people :). I think the artichoke water has a way to go in knocking out coconut water as the competition in your health arsenal but really, I feel they don’t need to as they can be complimentary.
P.S NOPE I am not pushing a product or otherwise just giving you some deets on some new product hitting the market 🙂 Watch the sugar content in BOTH and be mindful of how and why you are consuming EITHER beverage. If you want a different taste sensation or other health promoting benefits, try the new kid on the block (no not Donnie, Joey, Danny, Jordan or Jonathan 😮 )
- Perez-Garcia, F., Tomas, A., & Canigueral, S. Activity of artichoke leaf extract on reactive oxygen species in human leukocytes. Free Radical Research, 33, 661-665. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10715760000301171
- Brown, J. E., & Rice-Evans, C. A. Luteolin-rich artichoke extract protects low density lipoprotein from oxidation in vitro. Free Radical Research, 29, 247-255. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from http://informahealthcare.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10715769800300281
- Manna, K.; Khan, A.; Kr. Das, D.; Bandhu Kesh, S.; Das, U.; Ghosh, S.; Sharma Dey, R.; Das Saha, K.; Chakraborty, A.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Dey, S.; Chattopadhyay, D. Protective effect of coconut water concentrate and its active component shikimic acid against hydroperoxide mediated oxidative stress through suppression of NF-κB and activation of Nrf2 pathway. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2014.
- Ma, Z., Ge, L., Lee, A. S., Yong, J. W. H., Tan, S. N., & Ong, E. S. (2008). Simultaneous analysis of different classes of phytohormones in coconut (< i> Cocos nucifera</i> L.) water using high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry after solid-phase extraction. Analytica chimica acta, 610(2), 274-281.
- Gebhardt, R. (1995). Protective antioxidant activity of extracts of artichokes in hepatic cells. Medizinische Welt, 46(7), 393-395.
- Kim, M., & Shin, H. K. (1998). The water-soluble extract of chicory influences serum and liver lipid concentrations, cecal short-chain fatty acid concentrations and fecal lipid excretion in rats. The Journal of nutrition, 128(10), 1731-1736.
- Rumessen, J. J., Bodé, S., Hamberg, O., & Gudmand-Høyer, E. (1990). Fructans of Jerusalem artichokes: intestinal transport, absorption, fermentation, and influence on blood glucose, insulin, and C-peptide responses in healthy subjects. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 52(4), 675-681.