Part used: the leaf. Liver and gall bladder, constipation, poor digestion.
This plant, which currently has a dominant position both in cooking and in therapeutic medicine, is actually a non-spiny variety cardoons (heart) of the Mediterranean region, and owes its therapeutic application in the digestive properties of its leaves.
The plant protects the liver.
The hepato-protective action of artichoke was studied by many doctors in France since the first half of the 20th century. The artichoke action (increases the secretion of bile) resulted in a bitter and aromatic substances: kynarine.
It is particularly useful in cases of hyperaemia or liver failure, jaundice and poor digestion of fats. Stimulating the secretion of bile, artichoke also acts in cases of constipation. Indeed, bile helps to mobilize the bowel (peristalsis), and contributes to the evacuation of stool. The leaf of the artichoke contains the other hand sterols, magnesium, and potassium ingredients act synergistically with the kynarine.
Using the cryo-crushing, receive the benefits of all components of the plant.
The artichoke seems to stimulate the regeneration of liver cells are exposed to various toxins.
If this action is confirmed by several clinical studies, this plant can be used as a protector of the liver in people with cirrhosis.
Finally, recently discovered that the artichoke leaf has the ability to lower cholesterol.