Prized for centuries for its rare shape and flavour, the artichoke has fascinated us for as long as humanity has encountered it. But did you realise that it has also been used, historically, as a form of diuretic and cholesterol controller for just as long? And now that we know the leaves are bursting full of antioxidant phytonutrients - it may even help in the battle against forms of cancer too.
We know it as the Globe Artichoke - to the scientists among us, it carries the more grave title of Cynara Scolymus. Whatever your chosen name for it, you probably didn't realise that the Artichoke's leaves are actually just the immature flowers of a thistle plant.
Not just any thistle plant though - one of the oldest cultivated vegetables on earth. Its origin seeming to be around the Mediterranean, it has been noted in history as far back as Egyptian hieroglyphs - where it was seen as a symbol of fertility and sacrifice. Brought over to what is now California by Spanish settlers in 1600, it took until the 1920s before this noble plant finally became popular in the United States.
So much so that Castroville, in California which provides nearly 100% of American Artichoke supply, calls itself the ‘Artichoke Capital of the world'.
But what is the appeal of this curious vegetable? Certainly its flavour is quite unique but as is so often the case, there is more to the Artichoke's esoteric appeal than its culinary contributions. Since the Ancient Greeks and Romans, Artichoke has been used as both a bile stimulant and diuretic.
Graphic and unpleasant as that may seem, it actually means that Swanson Artichoke Leaves can serve a whole host of healthy purposes to each and every one of us.
While the very word has rough and unpleasant connotations, we all produce, need and use bile. Generated in our livers, it is essential to our digestive process - which, in turn, is responsible not just for helping us to metabolise food but also for cleansing away harmful toxins.
By increasing bile production, Swanson Artichoke Leaves can be used to help and protect liver function by :
The secondary effects of this process are equally effective, as it promotes urination, stimulates appetite and even reduces cholesterol.
The active ingredient in Artichoke leaf is a phytonutrient compound known as Cynarin. Along with chlorogenic acid, it helps to regenerate the liver, as well as working as a diuretic which can help relieve indigestion.
Because chlorogenic acid is actually an antioxidant too, it works at lowering our cholesterol, is an able anti-inflammatory and promotes the production of bile.
In the Middle Ages, the Artichoke leaf was the preserve of the rich and noble, nowadays anyone can harness its goodness by bringing a little Swanson Artichoke Leaves into their daily routine. Cleanse and promote better liver health with this easy to take, daily supplement.
To be used as a dietary supplement. Take one capsule once per day with water.
Other ingredients: Gelatin, silica, magnesium stearate.
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