Whole artichoke hearts are absolutely loaded with nutrition. One medium-sized artichoke contains about 64 calories. It is also an excellent source of fiber and protein. From a mineral perspective, whole artichokes contain a decent amount of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, manganese, and iron. There is also some calcium, zinc, and selenium. Artichokes are also an excellent source of folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It is also a source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, choline, and betaine.Artichokes are a major superfood. Long before artichokes were used in dips, the ancient Romans and Greeks praised them for their aphrodisiac qualities and other health benefits. These artichoke benefits are largely due to the antioxidants and phytonutrients in the leaves of the vegetable. The rutin, quercetin, anthocyanins, and many other antioxidants offer a wide range of artichoke health benefits from immune support to cancer prevention. The vitamin K in artichokes also offers protection against dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and bone-related diseases. Artichokes and artichoke extract are also associated with reducing bad cholesterol levels and improving overall blood flow.