Milk Thistle - Sylimarin

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Milk Thistle - Sylimarin

Postby Canuck Singh » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:11 pm

Milk Thistle is a potent detoxifying herb with antioxidant properties and is widely used to help maintain a healthy liver.

Our bodies are constantly under attack from a variety of pollutants, toxins and chemicals. Some of these are in our environment; others like alcohol are self-administered. Your liver works very hard to clear the blood of drugs and poisonous substances that would otherwise accumulate in the bloodstream. When the liver becomes over-loaded and can no longer process the toxins we can become unwell and in the longer term may suffer from a variety of diseases.

Glutathione is an amino acid like compound that is essential to the detoxifying process. You could picture it as an effective 'gatekeeper' limiting the number of toxins that the liver processes at any time. Milk Thistle can help to prevent the depletion of glutathione to ensure that the liver does not process too many toxins at any one time.

Milk Thistle is also a powerful antioxidant so it helps prevent damage from cell damaging molecules in the blood called 'free radicals' that are formed when our bodies are exposed to pollutants.

Milk Thistle is a natural herb that is also known by the same name as its active ingredient Silymarin. It is a member of the sunflower family, with purple flowers whose seeds have been used medicinally for centuries. It is considered to be one of the safest herbs on the market. When buying Milk Thistle products you must make sure that they are made from standardised extract that contains at least 80% Silymarin.
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Re: Milk Thistle - Sylimarin

Postby Canuck Singh » Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:45 pm

Silymarin or Milk Thistle

However, some interesting research shows that larger amounts of standardized silymarin extract can cause a big improvement in liver function.* Taken regularly standardized silymarin extract yields increased production of superoxide dismutase (SOD).* 1 of the big three antioxidant enzymes the body utilizes for protection against free radicals. The other two being glutathione peroxidase and catalase.

One of the biggest reasons people degenerate (less muscle, less energy, and **** drive) as they get older is because their livers no longer function optimally. Remember, your liver is the organ that makes insulin growth-factor 1 (IGF-1), the mother of all muscle building compounds. IGF-1 exerts powerful anabolic/regeneration effects on all tissues, not just muscle, without IGF-1 you won’t even grow a toenail. Milk thistle increase the levels of SOD in your liver, keeping it healthy and ensuring optimal function and IGF-1 production.
* Reference: G Muzes et al. Acta Physiol Hung 78:7-9,1995
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