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Health Benefits of Milk Thistle Supplements
The Little Known Medicine
In the world of ever new herbal medications and supplements, one product that seems to not garner as much attention would be Milk Thistle extract. The truth is, this supplement has been a valued medicine across the world for over 2,000 years.
What is Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle is derived from a plant. The plant has a purple to a pink color head, with the ending of the flower bulb being a spiked texture. It also has green leaves with white specks and a long stem.
The plant's origin comes from Europe but can also grow wild in South America and parts of the United States as well. The Milk Thistle plant prefers sunny to light shaded areas and does well in most soil conditions. It is also known for its milky white texture emitted from the leaves when crushed, also contributing to the characteristics of its name. The small fruit that it bears is brown in color and can appear shiny.
The active ingredient of Milk Thistle is Silymarin, which is the chemical extracted from the seed. Milk Thistle products contain 80 percent extracted Silymarin. Silymarin is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects as well.
One of the main uses of this supplement is liver health. Whether from alcohol use or exposure to industrial working materials or just for cleanse, Studies have shown that Milk Thistle can actually repair and rebuild liver cells. Studies are also testing the effectiveness of the extract for:
- Viral Hepatitis
- Loss of Appetite
Ways to Ingest
While capsule being the far most popular, there are a few other ways to consume the extract including liquid extract, tincture, and Silymarin phosphatidylcholine complex.
While you should always check with your primary physician before taking this or any supplement, these are some of the dosing guidelines:
- Acute viral hepatitis 160-800 milligrams of silymarin extract taken by mouth in three doses for three weeks.
- For allergic nasal symptoms 140 milligrams of silymarin three times a day for one month.
- For general antioxidant effect 140 milligrams of silymarin three times a day for three weeks.
Silibinin to Treat Mushroom Poisoning
Silibinin, the major active constituent of Silymarin, has been recently used to help with the effects of mushroom poisoning. Mushrooms in the Amanita genus, most notably the Death Cap and Destroying Angel, are highly toxic to humans and animals.
Once ingested, the toxins begin to take hold in around 24 to 48 hours, ruthlessly attacking and destroying the liver leading to fatality. These mushrooms can be highly misidentified as people immigrate to the United States and other places where Amanita grow, looking identical to the mushrooms they are used to harvesting in their native lands.
Emergency liver transplant for many years was the only viable treatment with many losing lives. New breakthroughs in Silibinin treatments, which help protect the liver from these toxins, have been effective.
More Information on Silibinin and Mushroom Poisoning
I believe that with more research, doctors and medical professionals alike will be taking more advantage of all things Milk Thistle extract can provide. The public is demanding more holistic and natural alternative to standard medical practices and the medical communities will have no choice but to be on the cutting edge of new medicines or get left behind. While we are not there yet, we are close.
Medical magazines and publications are now looking more into this and other natural extracts. It is also up to the consumer and the medical patient to be more involved with the process, to demand a natural and holistic approach to their medicines, if they desire so. The more treatment options available, the better.
The information presented here is in no way meant to substitute a medical diagnosis from a doctor, and it is recommended you see a licensed medical practitioner if you have any signs of sickness.
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Milk Thistle is an herbal supplement that detoxifies and protects vital liver functions and more. Milk Thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as a natural treatment for liver disorders.
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