Artichoke Leaf Extract Foe Cholesterol Lowering

Cardiovascular diseases are the major causes of death in the UK, and are related to raised circulating levels of total cholesterol in the plasma. Once plasma cholesterol reaches a certain level, drugs such as statins are often prescribed to help reduce it. Intervention before concentrations reaches these levels may help reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases without the need for drugs. Researchers from the University of Reading have found that an over-the-counter Artichoke Leaf Extract from the globe artichoke plant can lower cholesterol in otherwise healthy individuals with moderately raised levels. 
Globe artichokes have been used traditionally in Europe to improve digestive and urinary tract health. Artichoke leaf extracts (ALEs) are currently used in Germany and Switzerland as a remedy for indigestion, and are available in the UK as over-the-counter food supplements. Various studies have provided an evidence base for their use in conditions such as dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome. Research has shown that otherwise healthy people with moderately raised plasma cholesterol may be able to lower their levels by taking this herbal supplement.