Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Milk thistle benefits
Milk thistle was approved as a remedy for liver diseases in 1986. but it has been used for the treatment of certain ailments ever since the times of some ancient European civilizations. It is very efficient in protecting the liver and treating various medical conditions such as viral hepatitis, liver poisoning, cirrhosis, alcoholic fatty liver and alcoholic hepatitis. It is the only known treatment option for those who suffer from Amanita mushroom poisoning. It also protects the liver from the harmful effects of certain types of medications as well. Silymarin which consists of flavonolignands is the active ingredient contained in milk thistle, and it is that ingredient which is responsible for most health benefits this remedy provides. It repairs the liver cells and prevents the toxic substances from entering the liver. Silymarin is also known for its very potent antioxidant properties. Milk thistle is also very efficient in relieving the symptoms of the inflammatory bowel syndrome, treating psoriasis, stimulating the flow of breast milk in breastfeeding women, reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and preventing certain types of cancer.
Health Benefits of Milk Thistle
Milk thistle is among the best remedies for numerous different types of liver oriented medical conditions such as alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis. These are very serious medical conditions which are known for causing significant damage to the liver. Some sources also claim that milk thistle can be helpful to a certain degree when it comes to treating viral hepatitis. Silymarin contained in milk thistle has very potent antioxidant properties and it can be of great help in preventing cervical cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer. Milk thistle can also be very beneficial when it comes to reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood at the same time. Milk thistle may also come in very handy because it reduces the harmful effects which are sometimes associated with chemotherapy, radiation and certain prescribed chemical drugs. Silymarin is an efficient antidote to numerous types of poisoning and similar medical conditions as well. Milk thistle can also be of great help for all those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, cholesterol problems, cancers, skin acne and numerous other medical conditions. Milk thistle leaves can be cooked and used in salads. Milk thistle can be consumed in tinctures, capsules and teas.
Posted by Sally Danforth at 9:18 AM