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Globe Artichoke Leaf (Cynara scolymus) Extract 1:1 in 30% Ethanol and Purified Water
Artichoke leaf has been used as a choleretic and diuretic in traditional European medicine since Roman times (Bianchini and Corbetta, 1977). Traditional medicinal uses of artichoke pertain to liver function. Artichoke leaf is considered choleretic (bile increasing), hepatoprotective, cholesterol-reducing, and diuretic (Kirchhoff et al., 1994). In Germany, it is used today as a choleretic (BAnz, 1998; Meyer-Buchtela, 1999) for its lipid-lowering, hepato-stimulating, and appetite-stimulating actions (Hnsel et al., 19921994; Meyer-Buchtela, 1999). In German pediatric medicine, herbs with a relatively low bitter value (8002000), such as artichoke leaf, are considered suitable for the treatment of appetite disorders (Schilcher, 1997).
Modern human studies have investigated its choleretic activity for treatment of digestive disorders (Kirchhoff et al., 1994). An article by Kraft summarized various post-marketing surveillance studies conducted on patients with dyspepsia and/or diseases of the liver or bile duct. The studies included anywhere from 417 to 557 patients and treatment duration ranged from 4 to 6 weeks. Statistically significant reduction of symptoms (e.g., abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and nausea) were reported for the surveillance studies referred to in this paper. Artichoke preparations were well tolerated (up to 95% of cases) with a low rate of side-effects (Kraft, 1997).
Artichoke leaf extract is derived from artichokes. This plant belongs to the daisy family and is native to areas such as southern Europe and northern Africa.
Artichokes are a delicious accompaniment to many dishes, and its leaves have been traditionally used to treat ailments like jaundice, acid reflux, and various liver disorders. There is research, however, to support the use of artichoke leaf extract to treat indigestion and high cholesterol with studies about cholesterol gaining interest.
Rondanelli M, Giacosa A, Opizzi A, et al. Beneficial effects of artichoke leaf extract supplementation on increasing HDL-cholesterol in subjects with primary mild hypercholesterolaemia: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2013;64(1):7-15. doi:10.3109/09637486.2012.700920
Standard N. Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Guide - E-Book An Evidence-Based Reference. St Louis: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2010.
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