Liver Detox 101: Artichoke Leaf

In the last two articles of this series, we went to Naturopath and Liver Detox Expert, Erica LePore, to find out about the health benefits of milk thistle and turmeric. In this article, we are going to discuss the health benefits of artichoke leaf for liver detoxification.

What is Artichoke Leaf?
This large thistle-like plant is one of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables. You’ve probably eaten this vegetable more often than you realize, as it makes the perfect addition to cheese dips and pizzas. Though many people enjoy eating artichoke hearts the most, the most beneficial part of the plant is actually the leaves. The component responsible for artichoke’s medicinal effects, cynarin, works to protect and regenerate the liver.

The Health Benefits of Artichoke Leaf

  • Stimulates the Flow of Bile to Facilitate Toxin Removal
  • Reduces Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
  • Helps Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels
  • Improves Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

How Does Artichoke Detoxify the Liver?

Artichokes are packed with phytonutrients such as quercetin, rutin, gallic acid, and most importantly, cynarin. These phytonutrients work to prevent a number of common health concerns, as well as detoxifying and boosting liver health. Cynarin, the liver cleansing ingredient found in artichoke leaf, works to increase bile production. Your body uses bile to dispose of toxins, and to help digest fats. Similiar to milk thistle, artichokes also contain the flavonoid known as silymarin which is a powerful liver protector.

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