Artichoke is much more than just a tasty, slightly exotic vegetable. It has been proven that artichoke extract has a great influence on the liver, reduces blood cholesterol and helps to maintain a healthy figure. Recent studies also indicate that artichoke has immunomodulatory and nootropic potential as it supports the immune system and helps to keep proper microbiota in the digestive system.

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Artichoke extract 20% | Cynara scolymus

Properties: Artichoke is famous primarily for its beneficial effect on the liver’s functioning. And it shouldn’t be a surprise! It has been known for many years that it supports the liver and protects it against damage. By increasing the blood flow through this organ, it increases the intensity of the “cleaning” of this most important body fluid. This vegetable also has hepatoprotective properties, preventing damage and stimulating repair processes at the cellular level. Moreover, artichoke supplementation stimulates cholagogue action which supports the digestion of fats and increases absorption of certain vitamins. Increased use of cholesterol for the production of bile obviously results in a decreased amount of this substance in the blood.

People who want to keep fit or plan to go on a diet will also appreciate the beneficial properties of artichoke. It contains compounds that stimulate the intestines and have a prebiotic effect – they care for our physiological, good microflora. Recent studies also show that artichoke can be effective in promoting satiety, which helps to reduce caloric intake more easily. The latest research issue is the influence of artichoke extract on the development of pathogens. Although it has already been proven that it allows to limit the multiplication of some viruses, bacteria and fungi, the mechanism of this action is not yet fully understood.

Occurrence: The artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is a perennial plant from the Asteraceae family. It is a vegetable whose edible inflorescence heads used to be an exquisite delicacy found only on the tables of wealthy aristocrats. Currently, it is not found in the wild and is mainly cultivated in Mediterranean countries such as France, Italy and Spain. It appeared in Europe in the 15th century, which was the result of the spread of this plant by the Arabs. The artichoke gained particular popularity at royal courts in France and England. On the other hand, it appeared in folk medicine in the 16th century as a means of supporting the digestive processes and stimulating the appetite, as well as bringing relief from ailments of the liver and gallbladder.

Biochemistry: Artichoke owes its properties mainly to cynarine (1,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid). Chemically, it is an ester made of quinic acid and caffeic acid. This compound is responsible for choleretic and cholagogic properties. In addition to cynarine, artichoke also contains: organic acids, flavonoids (e.g. luteolin), sesquiterpene lactones (e.g. cynaratriol), micro- and macro elements (calcium, copper, iron, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, selenium and phosphorus) and vitamins (mainly from group B, as well as A, E, K and C).

Fun fact: Homer and Hesiod – the Greek poets who lived in the 8th century BCE already wrote about the artichoke. What is more, in his writings Roman doctor Galen praised the plant for its exquisite and sophisticated taste.

Artichoke extract 20% | Cynara scolymus benefits

Supports detoxification: The results of numerous studies have proven that the biologically active compounds contained in the artichoke have strong antioxidant properties. So, they help to remove excess free radicals from the organism. They also have a beneficial effect on the liver. They protect hepatocytes from damage caused by free radicals and other toxic substances. What is more, they increase blood flow through this organ, which makes it easier to detoxify the body. Artichoke has also been shown to stimulate cell division, and thus facilitate liver regeneration.

Supports digestion: Many clinical trials have been carried out to confirm the beneficial effect of artichoke extract on the functioning of the digestive tract. The active sources in this plant have been proven to stimulate bowel and food movement. They also stimulate the secretion of bile by the liver, which facilitates the digestion of fats and the absorption of some vitamins. There are reports claiming that taking an extract of artichoke may help to get the feeling of satiety quicker, and thus decrease the amount of consumed food. In addition, artichoke has an ability to regulate metabolic rate, and this can contribute to weight loss.

Regulates cholesterol level: The results of numerous studies have confirmed that the use of artichoke extract results in a significant reduction in the concentration of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This plant reduces its production in the liver, and at the same time increases its use for the production of bile. The antioxidant potential of the compounds present in artichoke are also important. They prevent the oxidation of the “bad” fraction of cholesterol and the deposition of atherosclerotic plaques in the walls of blood vessels. Artichoke supplementation is therefore a good support for anti-atherosclerotic prophylaxis.

Supports the immune system: Artichoke extract has been proven to reduce the growth of certain species of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi. In this way, it supports the immune system in the fight against infections. The inulin contained in this plant has prebiotic properties. This means that it helps create an environment in the gut that is friendly to the “good” probiotic microorganisms. The correct composition of the digestive tract microbiota is of great importance for the health of the entire body and also affects the work of the immune system.

Artichoke extract 20% | Cynara scolymus specification

PRODUCT TYPE:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • Cynara scolymus leaf extract (>20% polyphenols)
MEASURING TOOL:
  • 0.60 ml stainless steel spoon containing 400 – 500 mg of extract (depending on the batch)
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET foil bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine, production of supplements and cosmetics 
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

Artichoke extract 20% | Cynara scolymus usage

TYPICAL SERVING:
  • 300 – 600 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 3
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with or without food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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