Artichoke & Gall Bladder Care
Sunday, January 1st 2006
Artichoke extract has been shown to enhance detoxification as well as protect the liver from damage. Without adequate protection, every time the liver neutralizes a toxin, it is damaged in the process. Artichoke extract has been shown to provide this valuable protection. Once the liver has modified a toxin, it needs to be eliminated from the body as soon as possible through the bile. However, when the manufacture of bile is reduced or the excretion of bile is inhibited, toxins stay in the liver and body longer.
Artichoke extract also increases the formation and flow of bile to and from the liver. Bile is a fluid excreted from the liver and stored in the gallbladder and released into the intestine to aid the digestion and absorption of fats. Bile also plays an important role in making the stool soft by promoting the incorporation of water into the stool. Without enough bile, the stool can become quite hard and difficult to pass.
Decreased bile flow is a common cause of digestive disturbances including fat malabsorption, excessive flatulence, bloating after eating, constipation or diarrhea. The most common cause of obstruction of the bile ducts is the presence of gallstones. It is estimated nearly 20% of women and 8% of men over the age of 40 have gallstones. In America around 5,000,000 gallbladders are removed each year because of gallstones, the production of which is linked to a high-fat, low-fibre diet.
In one study of 533 patients, digestive disturbances improved after six weeks of treatment with artichoke extract on average 70.5%. The most pronounced improvement was found with vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, constipation, flatulence and fat intolerance. In 83% of patients, doctors judged Artichoke extract results as excellent or good.
Artichoke extract exerts a dual effect on cholesterol metabolism. It decreases the manufacture of cholesterol in the liver where 80% to 90% is manufactured. It also increases the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids. High cholesterol may be the result of impaired conversion of cholesterol to bile acids.
Reproduced unabridged from the January - March 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Supporting your Liver:
Formula 825 Verm Xpel
Liver Detox & Support
Super Thisilyn - Advanced Detox Formula
Thisilyn Cleanse With Herbal Digestive Sweep
Thisilyn Daily Cleanse
Thisilyn Digestive Cleanse
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