Benefits of Milk Thistle / Silymarin - Taking Care of Your Liver
There are many benefits of milk thistle, but the most common use
for this herb is protecting the body's liver.
Milk thistle use for treating liver ailments dates back to the ancient
Greeks and this herb has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for over
2000 years. There are over 300 research studies into milk thistle use and
its benefits to back up its proven value in liver health today. Many of
these studies were carried out in Europe and milk thistle is one of the
herbs approved by the Commission E for its beneficial effects on
liver-related diseases such as toxic liver damage, inflammatory liver
disease, and cirrhosis.
Liver Herb - Benefits of Milk Thistle Herb
The herb milk thistle could be called the liver's best friend. Milk thistle
use not only protects the liver from toxins but it also
plays an important healing role too. Milk thistle helps to
repair liver cells and promotes the regeneration of new cells
. In summary milk thistle benefits the liver by ensuring that the liver's
daily tasks are carried out and that the liver has the ability to
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- Antioxidant: Silymarin, an active ingredient in the milk
thistle complex, is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free
radicals that cause cellular damage. Milk thistle extract also motivates
other compounds that have antioxidative properties such as glutathione and
- Glutathione; a vital substance for the detoxification of
the liver. In one study, milk thistle use raised the glutathione levels in
the body more than 30%; this, in turn, meant that the liver was more
effective at cleansing the body and eliminating toxic substances.
- Alcohol-Related Diseases: Another benefit of milk
thistle is its ability to work as a guardian to the liver and prevent the
toxicity caused by alcohol consumption. Consuming alcohol in large amounts
causes the liver to work overtime and in the long term causes serious liver
disease such as cirrhosis. Milk thistle use helps to repair and regenerate
liver cells, and also helps to block fibrosis, which if not treated can
lead to cirrhosis. The major health benefit of milk thistle is the fact
that this herb has been found to be an effective medicinal treatment in
patients suffering from alcoholic cirrhosis, alcohol-induced liver damage,
and hepatitis. Actually, milk thistle benefits all types of liver toxicity.
- Gallstones: Milk thistle stimulates the bile flow and is
helpful in both preventing and treating gallstones.
- Promising Cancer-Fighting Properties : Although there
have been no clinical studies carried out on humans, laboratory studies
indicate that silibinin, an active compound of silymarin, is effective in
fighting cancer cells found in prostate, cervical, and breast cancers The
use of milk thistle has helped to reduce the cancer cell growth and has
also improved the efficacy of chemotherapy drugs.
Milk Thistle Side Effects
Milk thistle side effects
are quite rare, but on some occasions, milk thistle use can cause a
laxative effect when used in high doses. If this occurs it is advised to
stop taking milk thistle for a couple of days.
Milk Thistle Dosage
200-400 mg silymarin two to three times per day is what experts recommend
in order to gain optimum health benefits. You will find milk thistle
extracts that have been standardized to contain 70 -80 % silymarin. By
multiplying the percentage with the actual mg of each capsule, you can
calculate the net amount of the active ingredient that you would be
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