Liver Benefits of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle for liver support

Milk thistle, or Silybum marianum, has been used by healers around the world for more than 2,000 years to support prostate, liver, and gallbladder health. Its held in high regard especially for remedying toxin-related damage and other conditions that produce redness and swelling. [1] The incredible success of improving liver function has (finally) captured the attention of modern researchers.


The Active Compounds in Milk Thistle (more…)

Amazing milk thistle may also curb lung cancer

Milk thistle’s use for liver health for 2000 years was almost lost under Big Pharma’s medical monopoly. Fortunately, it has experienced a revival as an efficacious natural medicine over the last few decades. And now, recent milk thistle research indicates it may also be useful for treating cancer.

Milk Thistle in PCT – Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) Still a Liver Killer, Despite Hepatoprotective Effect of Silymarin or Ziziphus

Image 1: Silybum marianum, a medical plant that has been used to treat liver disease for >2,000 years and is a staple in many “post cycle therapy” supplements you can current purchase at your favorite supplement store.

Whether or not you are into “performance enhancing drugs” does not really matter. If you have browsed through the range of one of the myriad of on-line supplement vendors, you will have seen them: the “liver protectors”, “supplements for liver health”, or simply “post-cycle recovery” supplements. The most common ingredient, you will see on the labels of supplements listed in these or similar categories, is silymarin, a flavonoid complex consisting of silybin (the most active component), silydanianin and silychristin, which is either extracted or simply contained in a crude extract of the seeds of Silybum marianum, a flowering plant of the daisy family, the manufacturers put into their capsules. While scientists still debate whether and for which type of liver disease(s) the use of the obviously non-patentable (you know that this means that no big pharma company will be willing to acknowledge that it works 😉 flavonoid would be an appropriate treatment option (Loguercio. 2011), generations of bodybuilders may actually have saved their live(rs) from the toxic effect of a highly “underrated” liver-killer, the “bros” know as “Tamox” – the Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM), Tamoxifen, which is the active ingredient in the “anti-breast-cancer drugs” Nolvadex, Istubal, and Valodex. (more…)

Milk thistle provides a protective shield to the liver, heart and brain

The liver is one of the most critical organs essential to human health. It serves more than 300 functions in the body to detoxify against chemical and environmental intrusions, and it promotes metabolic function as well. Silymarin is commonly known as milk thistle, and new science is emerging to validate the healing potential of this powerful plant. Publishing in the journal Hepatitis Monthly, researchers provide solid evidence that natural milk thistle extracts can halt and even reverse the effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an affliction affecting as much as a third of the adult population. Supplementation with milk thistle will dramatically lower the risks associated with fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis and cognitive dysfunction. (more…)

The Liver Cleanse and Gallbladder Flush: Separating Fact from Fiction

Liver support and cleansing are popular topics in alternative medicine. Liver support is perhaps one of the most widely employed therapeutic options in standard-of-care naturopathic medicine. It would seem that treating the liver is an integral step in the journey from disease to wellness for a huge range of medical complaints to the naturopathic physician. Liver cleansing has a rich historical background based in eclectic medicine and provides a foundation on which general health restoration may be founded. Despite this, liver cleansing remains a little-researched area of modern medicine. Scientific study of botanical medicines and a handful of nutraceuticals have provided sound evidence of liver condition-specific efficacy, yet no studies exist in which liver cleansing as a whole has been explored. The therapeutic success of liver cleansing at this time is mainly anecdotal; to bring this therapy into greater focus requires a case series or clinical study. What we do have is an increasingly growing field of research that is defining how liver-specific nutrients work as protective and restorative medicine. (more…)

Milk thistle will strengthen and protect your liver

The liver is our largest internal organ, weighing in at around 3 pounds (1.5 kg). A strong liver is needed for good health and a strong immune system, as it plays a main role in keeping all of our body’s systems in balance. The herb milk thistle has been used for many centuries as a powerful way to protect, strengthen, and revitalize the liver.

The liver is a multitasking organ. Just some of the many liver functions include filtering and purifying the blood, producing bile for proper fat digestion, storing numerous vitamins and minerals, breaking down excess hormones, and removing microbes and parasites from the bloodstream.

Milk Thistle promotes a healthy liver and fights cancer

Milk Thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for its medicinal properties since the 1st century AD. It is no surprise that today everyone’s body is bombarded with chemical toxins regularly from pesticides in food to the air pollution we breathe. The liver and kidneys are largely responsible for detoxifying our bodies but even they have a limit. Without proper detoxification and care these organs can be overloaded with toxins, not function correctly or, in severe cases, shut down altogether. When these organs are not able to do their jobs effectively, the body as a whole suffers severe illness and disease. (more…)