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Milk thistle is an edible herbaceous plant native to the warm, dry areas
in southern Europe, Northern Africa and countries surrounding the Mediterranean.
Milk thistle has been used to treat liver problems for over 2,000 years,
and has become very popular in the nutraceutical market as a liver tonic. It
to understand that today more than ever, it is necessary to protect your liver
from all the toxins it is exposed to.
We need to comprehend the importance of the liver, how it works and what
it does to help us stay healthy. It would not be over stating things if it
was said that
the liver is one the most over worked organs in the body. It is constantly
bombarded by toxins, in every category.
The liver detoxifies the blood and performs thousands of other vital functions.
Silymarin contains active phyto chemicals called (silybinin, isosilybinin,
silychristin, and silydianin, etc) from that are derived mainly from the seeds.
The Silymarin found in milk thistle is known to protect the liver by strengthening
the outer membranes of liver cells, which prevents toxins from entering the
cells. Silymarin also stimulates protein synthesis in liver cells, which helps
and repair the liver. Milk Thistle’s silymarin compounds are also strong
antioxidants, and have been shown to reduce damage to liver cells caused by repeated
use of some prescription drugs. It may also protect the liver from alcohol damage
such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and other pollutants.
More recently, studies using Milk thistle have shown that it may also be
beneficial for reducing the chance of developing certain types of cancer. It
is very safe
to take long term, with almost no known side effects! Other studies have shown
that Milk thistle can be used to treat viral chronic hepatitis B or C. The
above research shows how effective Milk Thistle can be if it is taken for an
amount of time, and in the correct dose form.
Milk Thistle is so well respected as a therapeutic agent that many health
care practitioners around the world prescribe Milk Thistle to treat a variety
Many of these health problems you might not normally connect with liver health,
they include poor digestion, female hormonal problems, constipation, mood disorders,
hemorrhoids, varicose veins, atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the
arteries), and skin conditions such as psoriasis and even acne.
Many of the healing properties that Milk Thistle offers coincide with its
ability to help the liver function at a higher level. And since the liver metabolizes
hormones, foods and other nutrients it would make sense that if the organ was
working correctly, the above medical problems may not occur!