High Cholesterol and Artichoke Leaf

There has been little evidence to support the use of artichoke leaf to treat high cholesterol. Most studies have focused on the effects of artichoke leaf extracts instead of the actual artichoke. Gas and allergic reactions are possible side effects of using artichokes for high cholesterol.

Fast Facts:

  • Artichokes are thought to lower cholesterol by interacting with a protein that also interacts with statins to lower cholesterol.
  • Studies have shown that using artichoke leaf extracts does not seem to have a significant affect on triglycerides and HDL.
  • Artichokes may be used as part of a healthy diet and exercise to lower high cholesterol.