Introduction

Artichoke is a common plant that has been used to help lower cholesterol. It can be cooked and eaten. It can also be taken as an extract, pill, or powder.

Dosages

300 milligrams of extract, 2 to 3 times per day

What Research Shows

Likely Effective

  • High Cholesterol —likely to ease symptoms and raise HDL “good” cholesterol when used with standard treatmentA1-A4

May Be Effective

  • Indigestion —may improve symptoms when taken with gingerB1
  • Metabolic syndrome —may ease symptomsC1
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease—may improve symptoms and quality of lifeD1

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Safety Notes

It is likely safe to eat artichoke. Artichoke may cause allergic reactions in people with certain plant allergies. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to eat large amounts for a long period.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Artichoke supplements can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • People with gallstones should talk to their doctors before taking artichoke. It could trigger an attack.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 03/2019 -
  • Update Date: 03/02/2019 -