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MILK THISTLE SEED POWDER

Product No. P13225

Milk thistle, also known as Silymarin is native to the Mediterranean and grows wild throughout Europe, North America and Australia. Milk thistle has been used in Europe as a remedy for liver problems for thousands of years. In the 19th century milk thistle was used to treat varicose veins, menstrual difficulty, and congestion in the liver, spleen and kidneys. Milk thistle has also been taken to increase breast-milk production and can be used as a treatment for depression.

Milk thistle nutritionally supports the liver's ability to maintain normal liver function. It has shown positive effects in treating nearly every known form of liver disease including cirrhosis, hepatitis, necrosis, and liver damage due to drug and alcohol abuse. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.

Silybin is a part of the chemical structure of the flavoligan silymarin. Milk thistle's hepatoprotective effects may be explained by its function of altering the liver cell membrane structure, blocking the absorption of toxins into the cells. Hepatoprotection by silymarin can also be attributed to its ability to increase the intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxicating reactions in liver cells. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that is more potent than vitamins C and E.

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