What is Artichoke?
Alternate Names: Cynara scolymus
Artichoke is a plant native to southern Europe, North Africa, and the Canary islands. Artichoke herbal supplements primarily use the leaves of the plant.
Why People Use Artichoke
- Liver and gallbladder concerns – Artichoke is used approved in Germany for use in liver and gallbladder complaints. It has been shown in placebo-controlled studies to stimulate bile.
- High cholesterol – Artichoke extracts are used to decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Loss of appetite
A typical dose is is 320 mg of the leaf extract five times a day.
Artichoke stimulates bile, so it should not be used if there is a blockage of the bile duct. People with gallstones may experience pain, and there is a risk that a gallstone may become caught in the bile duct.