Promotes Healthy Metabolism
• Promotes Fat Digestion and Metabolism
• Cleansing of the liver
• Aides in digestion
• Lowers cholesterol
What is Artichoke?
Artichoke, or Cynara scolymus, is a perennial plant of the thistle or daisy family. It is eaten throughout many parts of the world as a delicacy, and its extract is used for several health benefits. Artichoke extract is taken from the long, serrated leaves at the base of the plant. This is the area of the plant that is most dense in biologically-active compounds, which are considered to be the health benefits of artichoke extract.
One of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, artichoke is native to Northern Africa, the Canary Islands and Europe. Evidence of artichoke cultivation as a food and health source dates back to ancient Egypt, but the extract did not begin to surface until 1934. Cynarin was the first form of artichoke extract to be discovered and used. At that time, it was believed that cynarin was the only active component of the plant. It was used primarily to lower cholesterol and stimulate the liver.
Since that time, other active compounds have been discovered and extracted from the plant. Artichoke extract now generally contains a full range of substances, such as luteolin, scolymoside and flavinoids, which are believed to improve health in several ways.
What does Artichoke Extract do?
Artichoke extract stimulates bile production, promoting fat digestion and metabolism. By stimulating bile, it supports liver and gallbladder function and may help relieve occasional indigestion. Medical experts theorize that it may also inhibit activity of the cholesterol production enzyme HMG CoA Reductase to balance LDL cholesterol and triglyceride production in the liver for cardiovascular support.