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What are they for and how to take cáArtichoke capsules

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What are they for and how to take cáArtichoke capsules
What are they for and how to take cáArtichoke capsules

The way of using artichokes may vary from one manufacturer to another and therefore it should be taken following the instructions on the leaflet, but always with the advice of a doctor or nutritionist. The usual dose of artichoke capsules for weight loss is 1 capsule before breakfast, lunch and dinner, totaling 3 capsules per day. However, there are no scientific studies that prove its effectiveness in weight loss.

Artichoke Capsule (Cynara scolymus L) is a food supplement commonly used in diets to lose weight and improve digestion by stimulating the production of bile by the liver and facilitating the digestion of high-fat foods. Some brands that sell artichoke capsules are: Herbarium; Bionatus; Arkopharma and Biofil.

What is it for

Artichoke capsules can help you lose weight because they facilitate digestion, reducing gas and nausea caused by inadequate bile production, in addition to acting as a mild laxative, which facilitates the elimination of stools. Thus, after using it, these symptoms are relieved, making food better digested and the belly feeling less swollen.

Also, some studies show that consumption of artichoke extract can help reduce the production of cholesterol by the liver, lowering the levels of total cholesterol and LDL, which is bad cholesterol. Artichoke also seems to help reduce blood sugar levels, which may be another source to help control blood glucose in pre-diabetics and diabetics.

Artichokes for weight loss?

Although it improves digestion and helps control cholesterol, no scientific study proves the effectiveness of artichoke in reducing weight.

However, its use improves intestinal functioning, increases satiety due to the presence of fiber in artichokes and helps fight fluid retention, which together with a he althy diet and physical activity can help in weight loss. See an example of a diet to lose weight in a protein diet.


A box of 45 artichoke capsules 350 mg can vary between R$18.00 and R$24.00, and can be found in he alth food stores or nutrition supplements.

Side Effects

Artichoke capsules have a laxative effect, and may reduce the effectiveness of medications that interfere with blood clotting, such as acetylsalicylic acid and coumarin anticoagulants, such as Warfarin.


Artichoke capsules are contraindicated for children under 12 years of age, in case of bile duct obstruction, risk C pregnancy, lactation and in case of allergy to plants of the Asteraceae family.

Artichoke capsules are contraindicated during pregnancy due to the lack of available scientific studies on the subject, and it is contraindicated during breastfeeding because the bitter extracts of the plant pass into breast milk, altering its taste. In addition, this supplement should also be avoided in cases of hypertension or heart disease.

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