Milk Thistle is one of the most researched herbs of all with over 300 studies done on its safety and benefits. It is best known for its amazing benefits for your liver. Three constituents, collectively known as Silymarin, are the parts of the herb responsible for these benefits.
Your liver is one of the real work houses of the body, with over 500 different functions documented. Processing foods and nutrients and detoxification of the body are some of its major functions. Due to its detoxification role it is one of the most used and abused organs of the body. Medicines, chemical toxins and alcohol in particular hammer this vital organ.
Milk thistle benefits the liver in several ways. It preserves and increases the amount of glutathione which is the main detoxing chemical of the liver. It limits the amount of toxins entering the liver at any given time. It is anti-oxidant and so helps protect liver cells from free radical damage. It has been shown to help regenerate liver cells too.
Milk Thistle has been shown to help the liver against many serious conditions including hepatitis and cirrhosis. It has been used to help alcoholics with serious liver damage. It helps with endometriosis because it helps control hormone balance. It is useful for gall stones because it improves the flow of bile from the gall bladder. It has been shown to be very beneficial for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. It helps with psoriasis because it helps regulate skin cell production.
Milk thistle supplements – Silymarin is the key constituent so make sure it is standardised to contain 70 to 80% Silymarin. In this case a 200mg capsule 1 to 3 times daily is recommended. There are no known side effects to it. However always discuss its use with your G.P. if you have a serious medical condition.
Given that toxic poisoning is one of the biggest dangers facing your health today and that you liver is your main defence against this, Milk Thistle has to be seriously considered as part of your essential supplement plan. Milk Thistle is available from all System 10 agents.