It promotes detoxification.
Artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.) is a perennial plant of the Asteraceae family. Of Mediterranean origin, it is a cultivated mutation, which over the centuries has split from the common spikenard. The active part of the plant is the leaf, which contains phenolic acids, mainly caffeoylquinic acids, including chlorogenic acid, cryptochlorogenic acid, neochlorogenic acid, cynarin (the main active substance), flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones, among other active compounds.
Traditionally, artichoke has been used in all processes involved in digestion: eupeptic action (promotes proper digestion), choleretic (increases bile production), cholagogue (promotes the expulsion of bile), antiemetic (prevents nausea and vomiting) and aperitif (promotes appetite). It has also been found to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides (and thus prevent the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis). Its liver-protective action is combined with its antioxidant capacity against free radicals from its natural polyphenols.
- Digestive dyspepsia.