NEWS: This superfood is now available in a convenient whole-food powder so you can more easily enjoy it in smoothies & recipes.
Our Artichoke Leaf Extract Powder is a 5% extract (10:1 ratio) meaning each serving contains a 5% concentration of the Cynarine.
The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of the thistle family cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom.
Historians have verified that artichokes descended from wild cardoons. While the wild variety was consumed in ancient times, modern artichokes, as we know them today, first appeared during the Middle Ages. The plant was introduced to America by European settlers.
Artichoke leaf is an herbal medicine known for thousands of years and provides antioxidant benefits. The leaf extracts have demonstrated significant antimicrobial activities against seven bacteria species, four yeasts, and four molds.
In vitro studies have isolated a variety of antioxidant compounds from the globe artichoke; and significant antioxidant activity has been noted in multiple preclinical studies.
Artichoke extract may offer an additional degree of cardiovascular protection via its overall positive effect on endothelial function. It also possesses choleretic effects (stimulation of bile secretion); and it has been suggested that reduction of intrahepatic cholesterol concentration is responsible for globe artichoke extract’s ability to reduce dyspepsia (upset stomach).
As to cholesterol-lowering effects, in vitro and animal studies report that cynarin and artichoke extracts may reduce serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels and anti-hepatotoxic and other hepatoprotective properties against a variety of toxins affecting the liver.
Researchers have also observed an increase in the presence of probiotic strains in inoculated volunteers, suggesting that not only do artichokes serve as an effective vehicle for delivery of probiotics but also contain substances such as inulin, which favor growth of probiotic strains. Most importantly, artichokes were shown to protect probiotic bacterial strains during simulated gastric and intestinal digestion.
- Eases upset stomach (dyspepsaia) digestive tract
- Relieves flatulence
- Alleviates symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Alleviates nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, and vomiting
- Supports poor or sluggish liver function and increases bile production
- Increases urination as a diuretic
- Assists gallbladder function
- Supports beneficial bacteria and flora in the intestinal tract
- Raises the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol, thereby diminishing the risk for arteriosclerosis and coronary heart disease
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