Dr Oz Artichoke Extract Improves Digestion
Doctor Oz was joined by Bryce Wylde, a doctor of Homeopathic Medicine and host of Wylde On Health, to discuss the health benefits of Artichoke Extract and Artichoke Leaf Tea. Dr Oz said that artichoke is a powerful player for our health because it is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. The Artichoke Extract actually comes from the thorny leaves on the outside of the artichoke, which is a part that we usually throw away and do not use.
Dr Oz: Artichoke Extract & IBS
Dr Oz said that Artichoke Extract helps prevent and cure upset stomach and improves digestion. Bryce Wylde said that the Artichoke Extract (which is different from eating the actual vegetable) increases your bile flow, and as the bile moves from your Gall Bladder into your intestines, it helps to break apart the fats in your food. Therefore, Artichoke Extract helps with a wide range of stomach problems ranging from gas to being bloated to IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Why does an increase in bile help with digestion? Dr Oz said that when you eat food, especially food with fat in it, the oil separates out in your intestines which makes it hard for your body to digest. But if extra bile is released, then the fat gets broken up so that you can better pass the oils out of your body. Wylde also said that an increase in bile from Artichoke Extract helps you to better absorb fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, E and K.
Dr Oz: How Much Artichoke Extract To Use
Dr Oz and Carol, his Assistant-Of-The-Day, demonstrated a good way to take Artichoke Extract, which is by adding 30-40 drops of it to a glass of water. Another way to take it is to just add a dropper-full (also around 40 drops) of Artichoke Extract directly onto your tongue, but apparently it tastes very bitter and not terrible pleasant this way. Bryce Wylde said that at the back of your tongue you have tastebuds that are sensitive to bitter tastes, and when they sense something very bitter, they send a message to tell your gallbladder to produce more bile.
Dr Oz: Artichoke Extract Lowers Cholesterol
Dr Oz said that in addition to Artichoke Extract being good for indigestion and bowel problems, it can help to lower your cholesterol as well. Artichoke Extract acts as an antioxidant to prevent cholesterol from adhering to your arteries, and since you release more bile, more cholesterol also gets released from your body. Doctor Oz said that bile sits next to cholesterol in your liver, and so when you clean out the bile in your liver, you get rid of cholesterol at the same time.
Dr Oz: Artichoke Herbal Tea
Bryce Wylde said that another way to take Artichoke Extract is by drinking a cup of Artichoke Leaf Tea, though this does not seem as powerful of an option as taking Artichoke Extract directly. Wylde told Dr Oz that you can re-use an Artichoke Herbal Tea Bag multiple times throughout the day and is an easy way to help lower your cholesterol. Wylde also suggested that people with IBS or digestive problems take Artichoke Extract as a digestif after you eat a meal, because it will help you to digest the food.