artichoke extract lowers cholesterol and triglycerides

This herb is not much discussed. And, when it is, it is usually discussed for its powerful effects on the liver. But it turns out that there is lots of evidence that it’s great for your heart because of its power over cholesterol. It’s a powerful herb and a delicious food. Can you guess what it is?

It’s artichoke. Because it is part of the Mediterranean diet, and the Mediterranean diet is so good for your heart, these researchers wanted to see if artichoke was good for your heart. So, they conducted a meta-analysis of the effect of artichoke extract on cholesterol. They found that there were actually 9 studies that included 702 people.

What did the studies show? The results were impressive. Artichoke extract produced a significant 17.6 mg/dL drop in total cholesterol, a significant 14.9 mg/dL drop in the heart harmful LDL cholesterol and a significant 9.2 mg/dL drop in triglycerides. The artichoke extract did not effect the heart healthy HDL cholesterol.

Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2017;

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