On seeking natural therapy with no side effects, scientists may have a herbal remedy for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome, according to studies.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes, including excess body fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol.
Individuals are considered to have metabolic syndrome if they process 3 or more of the aforementioned conditions.
Being overweight or obesity, lack of physical activity and Insulin resistance are some of the risk factors associated with the onset of metabolic syndrome.
Artichoke is a perennial thistle of Cynara cardunculus species of the Cynara genus, belonging to the family Carduoideae native to Southern Europe around the Mediterranean.
With an aim to find a natural ingredient for the treatment of metabolic syndrome, researchers examined the Artichoke leaf extract (ALE) anti-metabolic syndrome activity through its antioxidant activity.
The double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial included 80 patients with MetS randomly allocated to either "ALE group" (received 1800 mg ALE as four tablets per day) or "Placebo group" (received placebo containing cornstarch, lactose, and avicel as four tablets per day) for 12 weeks.
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(1) Antioxidant response to artichoke leaf extract supplementation in metabolic syndrome: A double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial by Rezazadeh K1, Aliashrafi S2, Asghari-Jafarabadi M3, Ebrahimi-Mameghani M. (PubMed)
(2) In vitro inhibitory potential of Cynara scolymus, Silybum marianum, Taraxacum officinale, and Peumus boldus on key enzymes relevant to metabolic syndrome by Villiger A1, Sala F1, Suter A2, Butterweck V. (PubMed)
(3) High Fat/High Glucose Diet Induces Metabolic Syndrome in an Experimental Rat Model by Silvia Moreno-Fernández,1,2 Marta Garcés-Rimón,3 Gema Vera,2,4 Julien Astier,5Jean François Landrier,5 and Marta Miguel. (PMC)