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For over 2,000 years the Mediterranean herb milk thistle has been used to heal. Today, Go Vita health specialists’ rate it among their top most recommended herbs. Here’s why.
Milk thistle has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying abilities. Its active component silymarin protects against the depletion of the super-antioxidant glutathione. This is by far milk thistle’s most important role – preserving glutathione levels – this helps prevent oxidative stress in the body which left untreated leads to degenerative disease.
Reasons to supplement with milk thistle:
- Liver protection
Milk thistle has been shown to reduce and even reverse damage to the liver caused by contaminants including alcohol, heavy metals, pesticides and prescription medications. It helps regenerate liver cells while removing toxins from the body. Milk thistle strengthens the liver’s detoxifying capabilities which is why it may be beneficial in treating alcoholic-liver disease, drug-induced liver disease and fatty liver syndrome.
- Purifies the blood
Milk thistle helps the liver to perform its daily job of cleaning your blood! The liver has to remove harmful substances from the bloodstream, so basically the health of your liver determines the condition of your blood. Your liver really does need to be in tip-top condition to avoid many health problems!
- Digestive support
Milk thistle supports digestive function by helping with enzyme formation, increasing bile production (which helps digest fats), decreasing inflammation and soothing mucous membranes.
- Heart health
Milk thistle is considered a potent anti-inflammatory. Given that inflammation is one of the leading causes of heart disease, milk thistle is good for your heart health. In addition, early research suggests milk thistle may help lower cholesterol by cleansing the blood and preventing oxidative stress damage in the arteries.
- Boost skin health
Milk thistle’s free-radical-fighting and protective qualities extend to the skin, your body’s largest organ, and may help reduce the visible signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
Note: For serious liver conditions we recommend you seek the advice of your healthcare professional before considering supplementation.