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Milk Thistle – Heal Your Liver

Posted by healthylivingtoday on December 21, 2007

Milk thistle (Latin Name: Silybum Marianum) is a plant native to Europe, where it has a long history of use as a folk remedy for liver and gallbladder disorders. The active part of milk thistle is thought to be silymarin, a flavonoid which is found in the seeds.

Today, milk thistle is the main ingredient in most liver and gallbladder supplements you will find at the health food store. While preliminary studies suggest milk thistle supplements may be beneficial for people with cirrhosis of the liver, the main use is to detoxify the liver and protect from liver damage. Milk thistle is believed to protect the liver against toxicity from acetaminophen (Tylenol), alcohol and other drugs. In Europe, milk thistle is reportedly administered to patients when they are given medications known to cause liver problems. Milk thistle has also been explored for cancer prevention and high cholesterol.

A word of caution: people with allergies to daisies, artichokes, kiwi, common thistle or plants in the aster family may also be allergic to milk thistle. There have been several reports of anaphylactic shock in people who have used milk thistle products and milk thistle may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.


6 Responses to “Milk Thistle – Heal Your Liver”

  1. Jeremiah Mwai said

    Just curious(seriously of course) What part of the milk thisle is used, leases, stalk or flowers and what is the esiest way to extract.
    J M

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  4. Treasa Angeli said

    illions of compounds are detoxified within each liver cell, or hepatocyte. Inevitably, this wear and tear compromises liver cells and surrounding connective tissue. Hepatotoxicity is fast becoming a major health issue. In fact, many practitioners believe poor liver function caused by toxin accumulation or by liver-function decline may contribute to other seemingly unrelated illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, migraine headaches and premenstrual syndrome, and may manifest symptoms of its own. As a result, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is widely prescribed by herbalists throughout Europe and the Americas for liver protection. :

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