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Related to cynara scolymus: Silybum marianum, Peumus boldus
Liver protector and gentle diuretic, increases bile flow, helps digest fats and get digestion moving, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, good for indigestion and heartburn, breaks down cholesterol into bile salts. Famous for significantly lowering bad LDL cholesterol while raising good HDL cholesterol. Used throughout history for all kinds of digestive health disorders-indigestion, irritable stomach, nervous, flatulence (gas), irritable bowel, liver protector, enhances detoxification reactions. Artichokes are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients making them incredible defenders against cancer, aging, heart disease, atherosclerosis. Anticarcinogen flavonoid antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic properties. Artichokes also have lots of fiber, vitamin C, quercitin, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.