Feature in Daily Mail
Could artichokes ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome? That’s the suggestion from Tunisian researchers who analysed data on the vegetable’s health benefits.
Though they said the research wasn’t definitive, it seems that liquid extracts of artichoke roots and leaves can help bowel and digestive problems, reports the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.
A two-month study at Reading University involving 208 adults with IBS and indigestion found that a daily artichoke extract reduced incidence by 26.4 per cent.
The researchers also suggested artichoke could protect the liver and may reduce the risk of heart disease. The vegetable contains antioxidants including cynarin, known to stimulate bile production, which the body needs for digesting fat and absorbing vitamins.
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