• Artichoke Extract for Liver and Gallbladder Diseases Treatment
  • As a vegetable of ancient origin, artichoke is popular in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines. While the whole leaves lend a robust, earthy flavor to salads, soups, baked dishes and even an Italian liqueur called Cynar, a phytochemical in the fleshy part tricks the taste receptors on your tongue into perceiving other foods as tasting sweet. This plant chemical also enhances liver and gallbladder function by increasing bile flow. Check with your physician before using artichoke therapeutically if you have a blocked bile duct or your condition may get worse.
     

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    Cynara scolymus is a thistle also known as globe artichoke and garden artichoke, and is a member of the Asteraceae family of plants, which includes the daisy and sunflower. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans used artichoke as food and medicine for thousands of years before its introduction to Europe in the 15th century.

    Today, artichoke is widely cultivated throughout the world and the leaf extract is marketed as Cynara, a pharmaceutical drug used to treat liver disease. In Europe, the German Commission E has approved this drug for the treatment of liver and gallbladder diseases.

    Artichoke extract is generally considered safe and is well tolerated, but its safety during pregnancy and lactation has not been studied. Because of the sesquiterpene lactones in the plant, the risk of contact dermatitis or cross-reaction exists for people who have a known allergy to other plants in the daisy family. If you have gallstones, use of this herb may produce biliary colic. You should not take artichoke extract if you have a blocked bile duct because it may worsen symptoms.


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