Despite being considered a vegetable, artichoke is a type of thistle in the sunflower family. The artichoke that is cultivated for food and other products is the edible flower bud of the plant before it blooms, but a vibrant purple, spiky flower sprouts from the center if it is left to grow. It was first harvested in Ancient Greece and is even mentioned in the mythology surrounding the god and goddess Zeus and Cynara. In fact, the artichoke’s scientific name is Cynara scolymus, which stems from this legend.
Artichoke leaf health benefits
Artichoke contains a great source of vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits—particularly its leaves, which are often forgotten about in creating culinary dishes. Nevertheless, its leaves have traditionally been used in Europe since the 18th century to support liver function and as a natural therapy for all kinds of liver issues such as jaundice and hepatitis.
In the 1900s, French scientists confirmed its uses in natural medicine, finding the antioxidant cynarin to be the biggest source of the artichoke leaf’s benefits. The artichoke contains the most antioxidants out of any known vegetable and is now used as a powerful ingredient in stomach support formulas. As such, extracts from the artichoke leaf are natural compounds found to help with bile flow and act as a natural diuretic, as well as support gallbladder and liver function. In our Digestive Relief & Repair formula, we use artichoke leaf extract to reduce gas and bloating as well as support a healthy digestive process.
Why we use artichoke leaf | healthy, beyond relief
- Helps reduce gas and bloating
- Supports a healthy flow of stomach contents
- Aids the overall digestive process