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Artichoke is an edible thistle in the daisy family (Asteraceae). While many are aware of artichoke only for its unopened, edible flower head, the leaves of both it and its close relative, cardoon, are used for liver and digestive health.

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Additional ABC Artichoke Resources

Artichoke leaf monograph from The Complete German Commission E Monographs—Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines.

Artichoke leaf monograph from Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs.

HerbalGram article

Artichoke profile. 2021; 130:6-14.

HerbalEGram article

Food as Medicine: Artichoke and Cardoon (Cynara scolymus and C. cardunculus, Asteraceae). April 2015; 12(4).

HerbClip articles

Potential Cholesterol-Lowering Effect of Artichoke Leaf Extract. HC# 120192-399, April 30, 2010.

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