Herb of the Day: Globe artichoke

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Scientific Name: Cynara scolymus

Key Actions: Antioxidant | Bitter and digestive tonic | Lowers cholesterol levels  | Protects the liver

Common Use: Liver and kidney problems

Common Dosage Form: Tablet

Fun Fact: It’s scientific name comes from a Greek legend: “Zeus grew bored with the women on Mount Olympus and decided to go slumming on Earth. He met a sexy Greek girl named Cynara, but she grew tired of him and left. So Zeus hurled a lightning bolt at Cynara and turned her into an artichoke.” 

 

 

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