Clean as a Whistle: The Liver & Milk Thistle
Many dismiss the idea of a liver detox or cleanse because, as the largest organ in the body, the liver is responsible for detoxification and internal cleansing. However, cleaning vital organs is essential to promoting holistic wellness and improved health. And when it comes to cleaning, using natural products is the way to go.
Milk thistle is a plant that has been associated with its medicinal uses for liver protection and treatment for 2000 years and is commonly prescribed for various liver ailments and other issues. Milk thistle extract has been used to treat mushroom poisoning, alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, drug and alcohol-induced liver damage among many other things. With all that in its playbook, it’s easy to see why milk thistle is considered for liver protection and liver health. Check out the full list of liver related conditions that milk thistle has been used for here.
But does it really work? And how?
Here’s the story. Most recently, the science around milk thistle, aka Silybum marianum, points to silymarin, an active ingredient in milk thistle. Basically, silymarin is the purified extract of the plant’s fruit or seeds. Silymarin has been attributed to protecting the liver from toxins (including certain drugs) and is an antioxidant. It’s been shown to be incredibly useful as a therapeutic medicinal plant because milk thistle stabilizes the cell membrane and aids in accelerating the regeneration in damaged liver tissue. Put simply, milk thistle helps the liver repair itself by growing new cells.
Besides the regeneration of cells, milk thistle also may protect the liver by blocking harmful toxins and removing toxins from liver cells. As an antioxidant, milk thistle works to protect the body from damages caused by free radicals and lipid peroxidation.
Although studies are a bit mixed about its overall effectiveness — if you’re interested in learning more about these studies, read more here — it has shown to lessen symptoms of liver disease.
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