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Artichoke has been used traditionally as food and as a medicinal herb for its diuretic and digestive properties. Artichoke leaves are used by many in connection with gastrointestinal complaints stemming from bile deficiency (in the liver and gall bladder), as well as to stimulate appetite and diuresis. The results of several clinical investigations suggested that artichoke extracts are useful when used in connection with hepato-biliary dysfunction and digestive complaints, such as sensation of fullness, loss of appetite, nausea, and abdominal pain. Some researchers have even suggested that artichoke dry extract could be safely recommended to patients with hyperlipoproteinemia and for possible prevention of vascular disease. Artichoke also has powerful antioxidant activity.
Traditionally, the benefits of artichoke have been known to help with digestion and for its diuretic properties. Many people throughout history have used artichoke leaves to alleviate complaints of gastrointestinal problems from a deficiency of bile in the gall bladder and liver. Artichoke is also used in diuresis and as an appetite stimulant.
Several clinical studies have shown that artichoke extracts help alleviate digestive complaints from hepato-biliary dysfunction, including loss of appetite, a feeling of fullness, abdominal pain and nausea. According to several researchers who have studied artichoke benefits, dry artichoke extract can be safely used for patients with hyperlipopoteinemia, as well as to possibly prevent vascular diseases. Powerful antioxidant activity has also been attributed to artichoke and artichoke extract.
In recent studies, artichoke has been shown to lower bad cholesterol—LDL—by 18.5 points and to increase good cholesterol—HDL—by 23 points. In the 1950s and 1960s it had been widely used before statin drugs came on the scene.
Artichoke contains a substance called leteolin that may interfere with cholesterol synthesis and may play a part in its ability to lower cholesterol.
- Reduction of triglycerides and total cholesterol serum
- Increases liver function and bile flow and is used in treatment of cirrhosis
- Because of its diuretic properties, it is used in kidney disease
- Relieves heartburn, stomach pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation
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