• Artichoke Extract Can Help Lower Cholesterol

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    by Dr. Victor Marchione

    It’s the job of your liver to get rid of toxins. That means all of the stuff you ingest in the air you breathe, such as car exhaust, cigarette smoke, or fossil fuels, is handled by your liver. Ditto for the toxins that inadvertently make their way into your drinking water supply or the foods you eat.

    How does the liver accomplish this complicated task?

    First, it usually changes these toxins to a more toxic form. This actually aids in the removal of the toxins in the end. Suffice it to say, however, that for a short time, during the conversion of toxins, your liver is at risk of being damaged.

    If your liver has been struggling, it’s likely it has a backlog of toxins to deal with and that it is unable to regenerate fast enough to replace any of the damage to its tissues caused when neutralizing toxins. One …

    Artichoke is a plant. The leaf, stem, and root are used to make “extracts” which contain a high concentration of certain chemicals found in the plant. These extracts are used as medicine. Artichoke is used to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, and this is thought to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and alcohol “hangover.” Artichoke is also used forhigh cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney problems, anemia, fluid retention (edema), arthritis, bladder infections, and liver problems. Some people use artichoke for treating snakebites, preventing gallstones, loweringblood pressure, lowering blood sugar; to increase urine flow; and as a tonic or stimulant. In foods, artichoke leaves and extracts are used to flavor beverages. Cynarin and chlorogenic acid, which are chemicals found in artichoke, are sometimes used as sweeteners.

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