What’s Artichoke Extract?
Artichoke, also referred to as French artichoke, globe artichoke and green artichoke, is a perennial herb of the genus Cynara in the Composite family native to the Mediterranean region. The artichoke we called is actually the bud and flower of a thistle, is completely edible. Artichoke buds have been used to treat ailments such as indigestion, and more recently to protect the liver and improve hypercholesterolemia. Studies have shown that artichoke leaf extract contains a variety of compounds such as polyphenols, flavonoids, chlorogenic acid, anthocyanins, terpenoids, cynarin and so on.
Benefits of Artichoke Extract
The benefits of artichoke extract may include improving your brain function because cynarin inhibits phosphodiesterase activity. Artichoke leaf extract is also especially effective at increasing bile production, which benefits those with digestive problems. Artichokes are a great source of luteolin, an antioxidant that helps prevent cholesterol from forming, this bad cholesterol clogs the arteries.
Side Effects of Artichoke Extract
It is important to note that taking artichoke extract has some side effects. Gallstones may be exacerbated if you have gallstones. Inflammatory bowel disease is a common side effect of artichoke. It may interact with some medications, including blood thinners. You should consult your doctor before combining this with any other medication, as the combination could cause dehydration.