Also known as Earth thorn, globe artichoke
ORIGIN: Mediterranean region
DESCRIPTION: The artichoke belongs to the Asteraceae family. The thistle-like plant has very large, grey-green leaves and violet-coloured flowers. At the base of the bud is the artichoke heart, which tastes bittersweet.
APPLICATION: Artichokes have been cultivated as a delicacy since the time of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. But they also offer health-promoting properties. The consumption of artichokes helps to lower cholesterol levels and stimulates the production of bile in the liver.
EFFECT: The artichoke is highly appreciated in cosmetics as it removes toxins and boosts the body’s own alkaline production. This makes it ideal to support detoxification regimens. In addition, the artichoke extract has an antioxidant effect which reduces oxidative. It can be used for the recovery of bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols, for cosmetic applications. In this paper, the potential skin anti-age effect of a polyphenolic artichoke extract on endothelial cells was investigated. The methodology used was addressed to evaluate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities.
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