It detoxifies, cleanses the liver and boasts an unbeatable amount of antioxidants: Forget coconuts... why ARTICHOKE water will be this summer's 'it' drink

  • Artichoke water is said to boost immunity and help to detoxify 
  • Arty Water in California is hoping their water will be a big hit
  • Sarah Ivens gives her verdict on the latest health must-have  

Coconut water is so last summer. This year is all about the fresh, cool waters of artichoke - yes, artichoke! 

Flavoured and functional waters have been a big hit with the healthy hippy crowd for a couple of years now, with coconut water turning into a $400 million (£260m) a year trend in the US alone last year. 

But 2015 is all about the vegetable you'd normally chuck on a pizza or throw into a salad if you were feeling fancy. 

Artichoke water is predicted to be a big hit this summer
The drink is said to boast immunity and detoxification benefits

Artichoke water is predicted to be a big hit this summer boasting immunity and detoxification benefits

The artichoke is is being deified amongst foodie trendsetters who insist just one baby heirloom in a bottle can offer life-improving immunity, inflammatory and detoxification benefits.

'Artichokes have the highest amount of antioxidants in vegetables,' says nutrition expert and author of Life Transformation Diet Joanne Reid Rodrigues. 

'As well as vitamin C, which is the most powerful antioxidant, artichokes contain phytonutrients – that's plant nutrients – with medicinal effects. 

The California company  Arty Water have mixed this antioxidant, vitamin C and potassium-rich vegetable with filtered water, spearmint and blue agave nectar

The California company Arty Water have mixed this antioxidant, vitamin C and potassium-rich vegetable with filtered water, spearmint and blue agave nectar

'In particular, artichokes contain cynarin and silymarin (milk thistle) which are the ingredients that detoxify and support the liver. Silymarin has even been shown to have a beneficial effect in patients with liver disease.'

The California company who has jumped on this trend first is Arty Water, which has mixed this antioxidant, vitamin C and potassium-rich vegetable with filtered water, spearmint,and blue agave nectar to offer - what its hopes - is a tasty enough libation to quench the thirst of health nuts and grow into a big business.

I'm an artichoke lover - regularly munching my way through a whole glass jar of the oily, herbed variety as if they were sweets as a treat - so I couldn't wait to try it and benefit from all the healthy facts and figure banded about. 

The first swig is a little bitter, but turns sweeter as the agave comes through. 

But you can definitely taste the artichoke, so if you're not a fan you may want to stick to coconut water and a daily vitamin, or chuck in a blender with a variety of other fruits and vegetables.


Birch tree water

Tastes like: a cup of sweet twigs, pine and fresh air

What is it: 'Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans have been gulping it down for years,' explains New York-based nutritionist Karen Berg. 'It goes by birch sap or birch water, but both are made from the sap of the tree, which is extracted directly from the tree trunk. 

They claim that this water, which comes from just under the bark of the tree, is full of electrolytes and natural sugars. One of those sugars is Xylitol, which is a sugar alcohol that has been known to prevent cavities and tooth decay, but most companies add plain old cane sugar to the drink as well, which does just the opposite. Some believe that the properties of Birch aid the kidney and liver in detoxifying the body. It is also believed to have diuretic effects that may help you lose that extra water weight.'

Where can you find it: Finnish brand Nordic Koivu can be bought at

Watermelon water

Tastes like: a sweet and juicy slice of summer in a glass

What is it: 'Watermelon is made up of mostly water, but it also has abundant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids,' nutritionist Karen Berg explains. 

'Lycopene, which is responsible for the red pigment, is a phytonutrient that has been linked to heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention. The antioxidants found in watermelon may have anti-inflammatory properties, which make this beverage a great way to rehydrate post workouts.'

Where can you find it: go to 



So what makes one type of water better than another? Nutritional Therapist Lorna Driver-Davies explains the health benefits of these new super saps to FEMAIL

Cactus water

This contains extract of prickly pear cactus, a plant with levels minerals which can aid the digestive system. It also is high in electrolytes and as a bonus, has betalains, an antioxidant which could help reduce hangover symptoms. Just remember to drink it before you consume alcohol.

Price: £49 for a pack of 12 500ml bottles of True Nopal

Lorna says: 'I am a fan of pure coconut water and certainly notice the difference in my energy and mood if I drink it before a workout or if I am feeling tired I do find it reviving.

'Therefore anything with a good amount of electrolytes seems promising; however I would want to know if its 100 per cent cactus water.'

Charcoal water

The Japanese have used Binchotan active charcoal as a water purifier since the 17th century. The charcoal reduces reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and balances the pH. The stick of charcoal can be used for up to six months.

Price: £14.95 for a Black + Blum Charcoal Filter water bottle

Lorna says: 'This just appears to be a portable filter, almost a mobile version of a Britta filter. I would imagine this just takes some of the hardness out of tap water release minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium back into the water.

'I think this is one of the best options as its very cost effective and eco-friendly. I would actually want to try something like this myself considering home filters that remineralise the water are often much more expensive.'

Fulvic water

Australian pop siblings Kylie and Dannii Minogue are said to be fans of BLK Fulvic Water, which has 77 trace minerals and electrolytes. The water is infused with fulvic acids which present naturally in peat.

Price: £12.98 for four 500ml-bottles of BLK.

Lorna says: 'Fulvic acid is often found in the layer of earth that feeds plants. It may have some benefit for us therefore as its like a concentrated trace mineral.

'I think the cost of this product goes beyond the price of a bottle of water, so perhaps this is best used as a course for a couple of months. It would be expensive to use each day.'

Maple water

Made from Canadian maple syrup, this water claims to contain 46 health-boosting ingredients including calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Price: £2.45 for a 330ml bottle of Seva maple water

Lorna says: 'This sounds similar to birch and indeed, coconut water, so it is probably pleasant to drink and it seems it has similar qualities.

'I am not discounting the product but its potentially more expensive than coconut water which seems very similar. So personally I would stick to coconut water unless I was living in Canada where the maple water is probably cheaper!'


Purified rainwater is big business in the US with companies all rushing out to catch, filter, bottle and sell rainwater to punters looking for a natural and ecologically sound liquid boost.

Price: Currently not available in the UK although you can get it for £16 ($24) for 12 bottles on

Lorna says: 'Rainwater can be safe to drink; In fact this is how many people in countries across the world have access to water (think of remote areas or poorer parts of the world).

'But it would need to be cleaned and filtered. I am not sure of the health benefits and I think it would be more of value to health to drink mineral water, due to mineral content. 

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