Artichoke extract is a supplement that is derived from a combination of the leaves, roots and stems of the artichoke. The main function of the extract is to stimulate the liver, thereby potentially getting rid of toxins and bile quicker than without taking the supplement. Some patients also use artichoke extract as a means to help improve cholesterol levels and to decrease heartburn. This all-natural product can be taken as needed, or on a daily basis for ongoing ailments.
Gastrointestinal ailments, such as abdominal pain and constipation, are common irregularities that are often the result of toxin build-up in the liver. Taking artichoke extract may help alleviate the problem by increasing bile. Not only can you experience less uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, but artichoke supplements have the potential to significantly improve your quality of life. Caution should be used in the treatment of gallstones.
Heartburn is caused by the back-up of stomach acid into the esophagus. Artichoke supplements may help reduce the uncomfortable related symptoms of heartburn, such as chest pain and throat discomfort. When taken regularly, the extract can also prevent heartburn altogether, all without you having to give up some of your favorite spicy foods. Not only can food cause heartburn, but some individuals are simply more susceptible to the condition than others.
High levels of cholesterol can lead to further serious health complications, including heart attack and stroke. Taking artichoke extract can potentially reduce the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol in the bloodstream within two to four months. At the same time, the supplement also has the potential to raise "good" cholesterol levels, better known as high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Patients may experience a decrease in their total cholesterol levels upon taking the extract in between physician visits.
The amount of Artichoke extract you need to take depends on what condition you are treating. Most users take at least one tablet a day, while those with frequent heartburn may take more, as instructed by a physician. Artichoke supplements are not known to interact with other medications you may be taking, but you may want to discuss this with your doctor before starting a regimen to be on the safe side.
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