Our bodies face immense detoxification challenges in modern society. Auto exhaust, secondary cigarette smoke, alcohol, drugs, industrial solvents, pesticides, and even some of the water and food we consume are a constant burden on the organs that cleanse and detoxify our bodies (i.e., liver, kidneys, lungs, colon, etc.) Positive lifestyle choices, such as exercise and a healthy diet, certainly contribute to strengthening these systems. However, when pushed to the limit and beyond, these organs of detoxification require support.
The liver is our primary organ of detoxification helping remove toxins that can damage other organ systems, including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, and skin. Acting as an important filter and through a complex set of steps, the liver either neutralizes toxins and removes them from the bloodstream or converts them into water-soluble forms that can be excreted by the kidneys or fat-soluble forms that can be excreted by the bowels. Proper liver function is critical to healthy cholesterol metabolism and even has an influence on the way a woman's body metabolizes estrogen.
While alcohol and diseases such as hepatitis are among the more obvious deterrents to healthy liver function, its performance can become sluggish and compromised even in those without diagnosed liver disease. Toxic build-up can lead to fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, skin problems, and even impaired immune function.
Milk thistle prevents the depletion of glutathione and because large amounts of glutathione are used during the detox process, a glutathione deficiency can eventuate. Milk thistle will help prevent this deficiency during your detox program. Instead Milk thistle can actually increase the level of glutathione by up to 35%.
The silymarin in milk thistle has also been observed to increase superoxide dismutase, another one of your body’s most important antioxidant enzymes for combating free radical damage.
This is why Milk Thistle is an integral part of our effective Herbal DETOX program.
The active constituent in milk thistle is a flavonoid complex called silymarin, which doubles as a potent antioxidant. Silymarin is actually a combination of flavonoids known as silibinin, silidianin and silicristin which are known to help repair damaged liver cells.
Milk Thistle is therefore totally unique in its powerful effect of liver protection. It has absolutely no competition in the pharmaceutical world. In fact, in cases of poisoning with Amanita mushrooms (which can destroy the liver), milk thistle is the only treatment option. It has been so dramatically effective that even the orthodox medical establishment has never disputed the use of Milk thistle.
Bile is the fluid created in the liver to break down fats in the small intestine during digestion. Milk thistle is believed to help increase bile production thus improving fat metabolism and potentially even reducing the risk of heart disease if taken regularly.