Modern living taxes the body’s detox systems. The detox pathways become overloaded with pesticides, polluted water and air, alcohol, smoke, solvents, drugs and more. Our liver, kidneys, lungs and bowels, the major detox organs, are being pushed beyond their limits.
Research into natural remedies to support these organs has turned to Milk Thistle also called Silymarin, an old liver remedy. The seeds of this plant , once cultivated in Mediterranean countries as a vegetable, are the part mostly used for their medicinal qualities.
Used by 19th and 20th century American physicians to relieve liver, spleen or kidney congestion,scientific studies today show that its active compounds are particularly liver protective. It helps protect the liver from damage by viruses, toxins, alcohol and medications. It has been used for over 2000 years as a medicine by natural healers.
Milk thistle protects the liver by neutralizing cellular toxins and blocking the entrance of others. It acts as an antioxidant fighting those damaging molecules know as free radicals. Most importantly it can regenerate liver cells.
It is used to treat liver damage seen in cirrhosis, viral hepatitis, bile duct inflammation and fatty liver induced by alcohol and chemicals. It is helpful in radiation damage, cancer, type 2 diabetes and for lowering cholesterol. The damaging effects of paracetamol, anti-inflammatories and anti-depressant drugs may be improved by this remarkable herb. The elimination of some drugs may be speeded up by Milk Thistle so care should be taken when being treated with, for example, paclitaxil or digoxin.
Always consult a Medical Herbalist if you suffer from a serious medical condition rather than self treat. Protecting the liver is becoming more and more important in todays toxic world.