Research has emerged in the last 10-15 years on artichokes that shows an array of impressive benefits. There are antioxidants and chemicals within artichokes that work on several important aspects of our health. The extract that we carry is standardized to 10% cynarin, a polyphenol that increases bile flow production and release, which plays a large role in the health and well-being of the liver and absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. In a study done by the USDA, artichokes ranked 7th on the list of 1000's of foods in regards to antioxidant content. Some of the antioxidants in artichokes include the powerful phytonutrients quercetin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, gallic acid, and silymarin. Each of these chemicals has very positive research behind them and is even more concentrated within supplement form. (1)
Extracts are important with artichokes because most on the market aren't organic and likely sprayed with a bevy of chemicals. A study published in Biological Trace Element Research found that artichokes decreased cholesterol and fat levels in the liver. Two other studies published in Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology and Nutrition and Cancer showed an excellent protective effect on the liver from damage and toxins. (2,3) Artichokes have many other nutrients that show positive effects on cancer prevention and treatment.
A study found that artichoke leaf extracts lead to apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Research also showed that artichoke extracts reduced cell proliferation and reduced angiogenesis within several different forms of cancer, namely prostate, breast, pancreatic, and leukemia. (4) Artichoke extract also has benefits for cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, digestive health, reducing hangovers, reducing oxidative stress, cleaning the blood, and offers benefits to diabetics. (5) In a 2001 study 143 patients suffering from above healthy cholesterol levels were given 1800 mgs of artichoke leaf extract every day for 6 weeks. Compared to the placebo group, the group taking the artichoke extract reduced the “bad” LDL cholesterol around 20%.
Another study researching digestive improvements using 247 people showed 86% of patients reported improvements pertaining to bloating and flatulence. (1) Another study (Fintelmann 1996) testing the effects of artichoke extract showed improvements in dyspeptic complaints like nausea, heartburn, loss of appetite, constipation, vomiting, constipation, and abdominal pain. Artichoke may even help improve the endothelial tissue, which is the very important lining within blood vessels, veins, and arteries. This tissue is a great indicator of our vascular health, and can make a big difference in preventing vascular incidents.
3-400mgs 2-3 times per day with meals.