Artichokes are harvested in the summer and help the body cool down on a hot day. They are rich in folic acid and potassium and provide calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron plus vitamins A and C. Choose artichokes to ward off infections. They are good at purifying the blood. Artichoke leaves may assist the detoxification process by helping the liver increase bile flow, making them a good choice in spring as well for cleansing. To address digestive problems, "nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, and even abdominal pain may be improved with the use of artichoke. " Elson M. Haas, M.D. Steam and enjoy a fresh artichoke to reap the many health benefits.