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New Study Shows Milk Thistle Supports Liver Health

Posted Jun 29 2011 10:08pm

A new study shows that milk thistle extract may help reduce liver swelling and toxicity associated with conventional treatment given for abnormal cell growth. The study is important because by combating liver aggravation, patients may better tolerate prescribed doses of conventional medicines, especially since severe liver swelling often leads to lowered doses of necessary medication. The study was conducted in children currently being treated for abnormal cell growth of white blood cells.

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a plant belonging to the same family as daisies, and has long been revered by holistic and herbal health care providers for its affinity to support the liver. The seeds contain a powerful antioxidant called silymarin, which is thought to be the most prominent compound responsible for the herb’s beneficial effects. This gentle yet effective herb supports healthy liver function and may also promote the growth of new liver cells.

The study consisted of 50 children divided into two groups – one was given milk thistle capsules during medical treatment and the other received a placebo. After 56 days, children in a placebo-controlled trial showed significantly lower levels of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and noticed slightly lower blood markers as well. AST is an enzyme normally found in red blood cells and tissue, but more is produced when organs or tissues are under attack or damaged. Decreased amounts of AST in blood test results mean that the liver is better coping with the influx of toxic chemicals. The results suggest that milk thistle supported the liver and promoted healthy liver responses to treatment. The researchers concluded that the study "provides preliminary evidence that milk thistle may be a safe, effective, supportive-care agent." For more safe and effective detox solutions, download a complimentary wellness guide.

Holistic and integrative doctors have known for centuries the health benefits of milk thistle for those who show symptoms of liver stress or who want to cleanse the body. Because of its potent effects on the liver, milk thistle contained in comprehensive herbal formulas encourages gentle removal of toxins and heavy metals that accumulate in the body. Various complete formulas contain herbs that promote detoxification by binding to toxins in the circulatory and digestive systems, preventing re-absorption by the body.

In today’s modern world, our livers are bombarded by a multitude of foreign compounds and toxins, supplementing with milk thistle and other natural herbs work synergistically to draw out toxins while supporting the liver. Other prominent herbs include garlic, cilantro, milk thistle seed extract, dandelion leaf extract, L-glutathione, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine, all which naturally support and assist the body during detox. For more information about effective, natural detoxification and chelation, visit www.safedetox.org.   

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