Properties of Milk ThistleMilk thistle is an herb that has been used in ancient Greece and Rome. Conducted so far more than 300 scientific studies that confirmed the efficacy of milk thistle, especially in the treatment of liver disease.
It is one of the most studied herbs that are used today. Its effectiveness in protecting the liver owes sylimarynie - this is a complex flavonolignans, which is extracted from milk thistle seed shells.
Milk thistle strengthens the liver by preventing excessive loss of the body's glutathione, which is an amino acid-like compound ogrywającego a very important role in the detoxification of the body. According to research, it can increase glutathione levels by up to 35%.
Milk thistle protects the liver from effectively while tributary of too many harmful substances. It is also a very powerful antioxidant, more powerful than vitamins C and E, and therefore prevents cell damage by free radicals.
The seeds of milk thistle have effect: detoxifying and regenerating the liver parenchyma and renal parenchyma in part, increase the secretion of gastric juice and improve appetite.
Alcoholic extracts of milk thistle May reinforcing effect on blood vessels, inhibit internal bleeding, especially with gynecological and cause mild vasoconstriction.
You can use milk thistle»States recovering from toxic-metabolic liver damage caused by toxic agents such as long-term antibiotic treatments, alcohol abuse, chemotherapy, mushroom poisoning;
»Liver dysfunction as a result of poor diet and diabetic;
»Hepatitis C, (adjunct), inflammation of the bile ducts and gall bladder, as well as for endometriosis, which is one of the major causes of infertility in women;
»Gallstones (preventive and curative);
»To protect the liver in patients with alcoholism and in undergoing drug treatment;
»Reduces liver damage in patients during chemotherapy and helps recovering, accelerating the removal of toxic substances deposited in the body;
»Prevents chronic hepatitis or acute liver atrophy characteristic yellow;
»Cirrhosis, fatty liver degeneration;
»Non-acidic gastric juice, anorexia, flatulence and belching;
»Pulp protects the liver and kidneys from the ravages of poisons;
»Stop the bleeding: nose, colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, and some uterine bleeding with prolonged menstruation;
»Migraine-type headaches, low blood pressure and a tendency to seasickness and motion sickness;
»Reduces inflammation and inhibits skin changes associated with psoriasis.
Adverse reactions at the recommended therapeutic doses of milk thistle is not expected to be harmful even with long-term use.
Detoxification and liver regenerationSilymarin, the main active compound of milk thistle is one of the strongest known substance that protects the liver.
Studies have shown that it increases the production of glutathione in the liver by 30% and thus significantly improve the capabilities of detoxification. It also stimulates protein synthesis in the liver by stimulating the growth of healthy liver cells. In addition, milk thistle stimulates the action of bile, and it has a very beneficial effect on the liver and gall bladder.
Perhaps the most interesting components of milk thistle effect on the liver is its ability to stimulate protein synthesis, because thanks to increased production of liver cells that replace old and damaged cells.
Interestingly, silymarin no stimulating effect on liver cancer cells.
According to a recent study, silymarin, thanks to its ability to increase the dissolution of bile can also be used to prevent and to treat gallstones.
This study determined the composition of bile in 19 patients (4 patients had gallstones, and 15 people gallbladder removed because of gallstones) before and after treatment with silymarin (420 mg daily for 30 days) or placebo.
The effect of treatment with silymarin was a significant reduction in cholesterol levels in bile and bile saturation index.
Due to the ability to raise the silymarin glutathione in the liver, significantly enhance the antioxidant systems. Glutathione is used to manufacture the body of glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme which is the strongest-fighting free radicals. Flavonoids, which contains milk thistle also work directly antioxidant.
HepatitisSilymarin is also useful in the treatment of liver damage by viruses, both in acute and chronic viral hepatitis.
In a study of acute viral hepatitis, silymarin, which was given 29 patients had a marked therapeutic effect on the characteristic elevated levels of serum bilirubin and liver enzymes compared to placebo.
After the fifth day of treatment the greater regression of laboratory parameters in the group that was treated with silymarin than in the placebo group.
In a study of chronic hepatitis significant improvement through the use of silymarin. When taken in high doses (420 mg) for a period of 3 to 12 months resulted in the withdrawal of liver cell damage (demonstrated by performing a biopsy) an increase in the level of proteins in the blood, and decreased levels of liver enzymes. Improvement was noted for frequent symptoms of hepatitis (eg, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, and fatigue).