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The Antioxidant Properties of Artichoke Leaves
According to some sources, such as the USDA, artichoke possesses a larger number of powerful antioxidants than any other type of vegetable. Quercetin alone is extremely powerful in destroying free radicals and helping you to maintain good heart health, while other such as silymarin and cynarin help promote good liver health. Other antioxidants containing in an extract of artichoke leaves include luteolin and the powerful anthocyanins.
In addition to helping protect your cardiovascular system from the dangerous form of blockage known as atherosclerosis, these substances also assist in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Cynarin, for example, promotes a healthy supply of bile. Artichoke also lowers the levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase responsible for producing it. The antioxidant properties of artichoke leaves offer a wide range of health benefits, and an artichoke leaf extract is an excellent maintenance supplement to take for the benefits of your liver and cardiovascular system.
How Artichoke Leaves Reduce Blood Cholesterol.
An extract of artichoke leaves is very effective in reducing the levels of cholesterol in your blood. You need a certain amount of cholesterol because it is a raw material used in the biosynthesis of sex hormones such as testosterone. It is also used as a repair material for minor damage to your arteries, although an excessive amount can be dangerous. The main danger is free radical oxidation of the low density lipoproteins needed to carry cholesterol around your bloodstream - a form known as LDL cholesterol.
The form that cholesterol takes when excess is returned to your liver for metabolism is known as HDL cholesterol, carried by high density lipoproteins that are not so easily oxidized. The enzyme HMG-CoA reductase controls the rate at which cholesterol is produced and catabolized in the liver, promoting its production and reducing its degradation, and by suppressing the activity of this enzyme, artichoke leaves effective increase the catabolization of plasma LDL cholesterol, and reduce its concentration in your blood.
Artichoke Extract 500™
Promotes Fat Digestion and Metabolism
Source Naturals ARTICHOKE EXTRACT 500™ is standardized to 5% cynarin and 15% chlorogenic acids for maximum potency.