The liver is the largest organ in the human body besides processing the function in filtering blood from the digestive system before passing them to other parts of the body, it also detoxifies toxic chemicals and metabolizes drugs and secretes bile to assist the digestive function in breaking down food.
Liver protective activity is an action that protects the liver functioning by blocking any substance or pathogens that can cause liver injury or damage.
The exact causes of liver disease are not identified. Researchers do not know why a person is prone to the disease onset while other person does not, even they share a similar health condition and family history
Some researchers suggested that people with the weakened immune system or immune deficiency are also at an increased risk of liver disease.
Dr. Hadzic N. in the investigation of immune deficiency related liver disease wrote, "It is estimated that around one-quarter of patients with a primary immune deficiency will have some degree of liver involvement".
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.
Searching the list of natural compounds with liver protective activity, researchers examined the effects of artichoke in liver dysfunctions.
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(1) Genotoxic and chemopreventive assessment of Cynara scolymus L. aqueous extract in a human-derived liver cell line by da Silva RP1, Jacociunas LV2, de Carli RF1, de Abreu BRR1, Lehmann M1, da Silva J3, Ferraz ABF4, Dihl RR. (PubMed)
(2) Protective effect of artichoke leaf extract against paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity in rats by El Morsy EM1, Kamel R. (PubMed)
(3) Immune Deficiency-Related Liver Disease by Hadzic N. (Karger)