Parts used: Seeds
Alterative, antioxidant, galactagogue, hepatic, stimulant
The liver is an extremely important organ in the body. It filters toxic material from the body, preventing accumulation that can lead to disease and even death. The vital functions of the liver are often overlooked but nevertheless are extremely important. It is essential to keep the liver working properly. Milk thistle has been proven to be very beneficial for liver function. Observations have shown that milk thistle extract can help reverse both acute and chronic liver problems, such as cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. The bioflavonoid content may account for antioxidant properties in milk thistle. It has also been found to help heal the liver from damage occurring from alcohol toxicity. It has been used to treat many different liver ailments, such as fatty liver disorders, chronic hepatitis, inflammation of the bile ducts, hardening of the liver, and cirrhosis. It is also thought to actually help liver regeneration when part of the liver is removed.
Milk thistle has a complex of compounds that are known to protect the liver against some toxins and help increase the function of this important organ.
Milk thistle stimulates protein synthesis.
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