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Artichoke Powder

Artichokes are often considered to be vegetables, however, they’re actually a type of thistle originating in the Mediterranean and are said to have a range of health benefits. Packed with nutrients, artichokes and artichoke powder are low in fat while being rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre and are also one of the richest sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants are great for helping the body to destroy free radicals.

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According to one study in 143 adults with high cholesterol, taking artichoke daily for six weeks resulted in an 18.5% and 22.9% decrease in total and “bad” LDL cholesterol. Regularly consuming artichoke may also boost “good” HDL cholesterol in adults.

Artichoke extract may also help with regulating blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. According to a study in 98 men with high blood pressure, consuming artichoke extract daily for a period of 12 weeks saw a reduction in diastolic and systolic blood pressure by 2.76 and 2.85 mmHg on average. How artichoke is able to reduce blood pressure isn’t fully understood and more tests and studies may be required.

As a great source of fibre, artichoke can help to keep the digestive system healthy and reduce the risk of certain bowel cancers, it can also help to alleviate constipation and diarrhea. Cynarin, a naturally occurring compound in artichokes may cause these positive effects by stimulating bile production within the body.

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