Early Christian tradition dedicated milk thistle to Mary, calling it Marian thistle. In the 19th century the Eclectics used the herb for varicose veins, menstrual difficulty, and congestion in the liver, spleen and kidneys.
Milk Thistle Complex Protects Your Liver
Milk Thistle Seeds contain silymarin which is one of the most potent liver-protecting and regenerative substances known. Silymarin nourishes the liver like no other nutrient currently known. Milk Thistle's potent antioxidant properties and rejuvenating actions help keep the liver strong and healthy.
Milk Thistle Standardized Silymarin Extract saw medicinal applications as early as the first century with the Romans who used it primarily to treat liver problems. Modern scientific studies suggest that the active substances in Milk Thistle, particularly silymarin, protect the liver from damage which may be caused by toxins, alcohol, viruses and certain drugs.
Milk thistle has powerful antioxidant properties and is believed to be especially helpful in protecting the liver and kidneys from free-radical damage. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage while stimulating production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
Milk Thistle Seed Extract - Powerful antioxidants works in the liver and kidneys to scavenge free radicals. Processed and extracted without the use of harsh chemicals or solvents. Liquid herbal extracts are made with organically grown and wild-harvested plants of the highest quality. Each fresh or recently dried herb is individually extracted through cold percolation or maceration using the purest deionized water.
Liquid extracts are absorbed faster than tablets or capsules and are more potent than tinctures. Holistically Balanced guarantees that the constituents of the extract are in the same synergistic ratios as in the plant.
Silymarin is a powerful antioxidant for the liver. It helps the liver to rebuild itself. It may have a mild laxative effect on some people but this will, in most cases, cease within two or three days. Other than that, Milk Thistle Seeds are virtually devoid of any side effects.
Medical use of Milk Thistle to treat liver and gallbladder disease can be traced back more than 2,000 years.
What Science Skeptics Say
There have been some studies of milk thistle on liver disease in humans, but these have been small. Some promising data have been reported but study results at this time are mixed.
Some studies outside the United States support claims of oral milk thistle to improve liver function, there have been flaws in study design and reporting. To date, there is no conclusive evidence to prove its claimed use.
Recent NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) funded research includes a phase II study to better understand the use of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C. Additional research, cofunded by NCCAM and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, includes studies of milk thistle for chronic hepatitis C and non-alchoholic steato-hepatitis (liver disease that occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol.
The National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research are also studying milk thistle for cancer prevention and to treat complications in HIV patients.
This product has no known warnings or contraindications. Occasionally, people report a laxative effect, upset stomach, diarrhea and bloating.
Milk thistle can produce allergic reactions, which tend to be more common among people who are allergic to plants in the same family (for example, ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold and daisy).
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