What is Artichoke?
The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a perennial thistle originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean.The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 8–15 cm diameter with numerous triangular scales; the individual florets are edible portion of the buds consists primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the involucral bracts and the base, known as the "heart"; the mass of immature florets in the center of the bud is called the "choke".
A Compound in Artichokes Reduces Cholesterol and Supports Digestion. Cynara cardunculus: A key chemical in artichokes stimulates digestion,protects the liver, and lowers triglycerides and cholesterol. Cynarin is a phenolic acid compound found in the green leaves and seeds of artichokes.
Artichokes are considered to have cholagogue and choleretic properties.They signal the liver to increase the production of bile and then stimulate the gallbladder to secrete this bile into the duodenum of the small intestine. These actions prevent the build up of sludge and stones in the gallbladder and help the body to absorb lipid-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Cynarin has the following properties:
* Antimicrobial * Antioxidant * Anti inflammatory * Bile stimulating (cholagogue and choleretic) * Liver supportive & protective * Hepato-regenerative* Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides * Diuretic * Kidney protective * Sweetener * Reduce blood sugar.
Cynarin has been indicated anecdotally and in human trials as a gentle and effective treatment for bloating, flatulence, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Use in Detoxification Strategies Compounds that stimulate bile production and secretion are important in any detoxification strategy. When toxins enter the body from the environment they are either stored in tissues or transported to the liver. In the liver, a complex assortment of enzymes attempts to neutralize and excrete them as bile salts. Detoxification programs often stimulate the mobilization of stored toxins into the blood in which they are then transported to the liver. Bile-stimulating compounds like cynarin then facilitate a quicker elimination of toxin-laden bile into the digestive tract where it can be eliminated in the feces.
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Artichoke is a superfood for dogs and humans