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Derived from the seeds and various parts of the milk thistle plant, extracts are employed in addressing diverse liver problems and other health issues. While milk thistle is thought to have therapeutic potential for conditions such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, chronic hepatitis, chemical-induced liver damage, and chronic inflammatory liver diseases, there is a lack of sufficient medical evidence to substantiate its medicinal efficacy. Additionally, heartburn, gallbladder disorders, and loss of appetite are also believed to be alleviated by the milk thistle plant.

The key active component present in milk thistle extracts is called Silymarin, renowned for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The primary rationale behind considering milk thistle extracts as a natural supporter and protector of the liver lies in the presence of Silymarin. Beyond its role in enhancing liver functions, detoxification, and cleansing, milk thistle is recognized as a natural remedy for liver conditions, including chronic hepatitis and alcohol-related liver diseases.

Highly concentrated extracts are obtained from milk thistle seeds which are used in supplementing the herbal value. Due to the use of these seeds since ancient times in treating liver problems, the modern day medical researchers through their investigations found out that the bioflavonoid complex Silymarin is the one that offers the health benefits of milk thistle plant, hence enabling them to produce extracts that have high concentration of 80% Silymarin.

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Below are some of the processes that milk thistle uses in protecting and improving liver health:
Cells protection: Milk thistle binds harmful toxins to the outer cell membranes in their quest to prevent them from entering the liver. Furthermore, if toxins are in the liver already, milk thistle neutralizes them hence protecting the liver from their harmful effects. This feature helps milk thistle in protecting the liver against acetaminophen, carbon tetrachloride, certain prescription medications, alcohol and other harmful chemicals.

Cells Regeneration: Excessive alcohol consumption, common prescription drugs, chronic hepatitis and other several factors contribute to the damaging of liver cells. Milk thistle has the ability to naturally regenerate these damage cells and heal them.

Enhanced Antioxidant function: A powerful and significant antioxidant known as glutathione produced by the body is boosted by milk thistle. It also helps in improving the levels of other body antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase.

Protects against fibrosis:Inflammation in the cells of the liver which results to fibrosis condition is caused by various factors including chronic hepatitis and alcohol abuse.Due to its ability to block entry of harmful toxin into the liver, milk thistle helps in protecting the liver from damages caused by the chemicals.

Milk thistle offer other health benefits apart from treating liver diseases including preventing the liver against harmful effects of certain medications such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cholesterol-lowering medicines and antidepressants. In general terms, milk thistle is an excellent cleanser and protector of the liver.

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