Since ancient times, people have looked to nature for treating disease, and in modern times most remedies are plant based extracts from various parts of the world. Artichoke is one of the plants that have phytopharmaceuticals or active components, and some of its mechanisms identified, that have specific actions on the human body. In particular, the leaf is considered to have antioxidant, liver-protective, lipid-lowering and bile-enhancing effects. This corresponds well with the historical use of this medicinal plant and the extracts role in some areas of modern medicine. It has a long history uses as a digestive aid, and for liver problems such as jaundice.
Artichoke leaf tincture is made from the long, deeply serrated basal leaves of the Artichoke plant. This contains the highest concentration of the biologically active compounds, flavonoids, and caffeoylquinic acid derivatives (such as cynarin), and a polyphenol group including chlorogenic acid, luteolin, scolymoside, and cynaroside. Chlorogenic acid has recently become known as a powerful antioxidant with exciting potential in many applications. There are ongoing investigations, all over the world, into its effects on HIV, cancer, and diabetes. Results have shown that there are many powerful antioxidants at work that may help to prevent and manage prostate cancer, breast cancer, and leukemia.
As a traditional medicine, Artichoke leaf has been used primarily for enhancing liver function but it is also known to improve digestion, as well as lower high LDL cholesterol levels. According to Science Daily, Dr. Rafe Bundy and his team of researchers at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, have discovered that Artichoke leaf extracts can help to lower cholesterol levels in those with slightly elevated cholesterol, and were otherwise healthy. The extract, rich in flavonoids, may even help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
In ancient cultures, the herbal concoctions were also used as blood cleansers and for detoxing the liver. Studies show that Artichoke leaf extracts hepato-protective effects protect the liver from damaging toxins, similar to the effects of Milk Thistle. Like Milk thistle leaf, Artichoke leaf extract stimulates liver tissue regeneration. The importance of effective liver function for your overall health, and proper gastrointestinal function in particular. This is rarely emphasized in health discussions in the United States, and one reason may be that there specific physical symptoms to reveal an overburdened liver in the beginning stages. The symptoms can be nonspecific, such as fatigue, headache, general malaise, bloating, nausea, constipation and epigastric pain. Discomfort after eating and intolerance of fat may also be notable indications of disturbances in the biliary system. In France and Germany, physicians frequently prescribe herbal liver remedies, such as Artichoke leaf tincture, with good results when confronted with these chronic, but nonspecific symptoms.
Studies have also shown the extract of Artichoke leaf can be very helpful for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and dyspepsia, or upset stomachs. Results showed a 26.4% reduction in the incidence of these afflictions, and a significant shift of self-reported bowel patterns away from “alternating constipation or diarrhea, toward “normal” bowel movements. Dyspepsia was decreased by 41%, and in general, all of the participants noted a 20% increase in quality of life after treatment. It was also noted that the anxiety levels dropped too. Artichoke leaf tincture is well tolerated with few side effects in recommended dosages.
Artichoke leaf has also been used as a diuretic in European medicine because it promotes urination. And has been studied for its benefits for weight loss, as it helps to reduce appetite and reduce fluid retention. It may also help decrease lipid peroxidation in your body thanks to its antioxidant content. Obesity is associated with enhancing lipid peroxidation. In a 2004 “International Journal of Obesity,” study the antioxidants of the herb are thought to combat oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals in your body. High-calorie processed foods lead to spikes in both blood lipids and blood glucose, which cause oxidant stress. So if you want to lose weight, Artichoke leaf extract has shown to be a beneficial herb that may help you to accomplish your goal. Potassium content of Artichoke leaf is known to regulate blood pressure as well and may help to keep the heart healthy.
Besides being an excellent choice for health and metabolism, Artichokes are known natural agents for better skin and hair. The rich supply of antioxidants and peptides improve skin texture and nourishes the cells, getting rid of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Antioxidants also help to prevent damage to the skin that occurs as a result of free radicals. Active components of the herb were tested on menopausal skin and found to stimulate the synthesis of collagen by 238%. Individuals who suffer from skin ailments may find relief from the tincture of Artichoke leaf. The leaves also promote blood circulation throughout the body for improved, younger-looking skin. Many skin creams, gels, lotions and potions, contain this herbal extract, for it skin luminosity and anti-aging properties.
The benefits extend to the condition of your hair as well. Artichoke leaf is a rich source of vitamins A, B and C as well as calcium and phosphorus. These minerals replenish dry, damaged, dull and lifeless hair to improve the quality of voluminous, smooth, soft and bouncy locks. Mixed into a rinse, it forms a protective layer over the hair shaft, restoring minerals to dull hair and cleans the scalp of dandruff.
Artichoke is known for optimizing metabolism, and a number of vitamins and trace minerals are found in the herb, like niacin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, magnesium, chromium, manganese, potassium, biotin, and thiamine. A good proportion of vitamin C in Artichokes makes it a good herbal supplement for helping the body resist inflammatory reactions, and also to prevent infections to a good extent.
The vitamin K content found in this food is known to improve bone health. It achieves this by promoting bone-forming metabolic activities. Neural damage has also been found to be prevented by the presence of this vitamin and may be a good natural source for Alzheimer’s patients. Artichokes are a good source of folate, providing as much as 15 percent of what the average adult needs. Folate, also known as folic acid, is important in the production of red blood cells and the formation of the body’s genetic material.
Ingredients: Artichoke Leaf, Distilled Water, 20% Alcohol.
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Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, or under the tongue. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Artichoke leaf is well tolerated and there are no known side effects or drug interactions. Not recommended for those who are allergic to Artichoke or other members of the Compositae family (daisy) family. Those who have obstruction of the bile duct (gallstones) should not take Artichoke.