According to Rachael Linkie, author of Seasonal Diets from the East, “the ancients held the liver in great esteem and believed it to be the soul’s centre and the most important organ in the body.”
That’s why it’s crucial to look after your liver and protect it from toxic substances.
But how do you do this?
Here’s how milk thistle can help you disarm toxic substances in your liver
According to Linkie, milk thistle, otherwise known as silybum marianum is one of the most well researched and documented liver-protective herbs.
Linkie explains that milk thistle has been shown to help safeguard the cells of the liver from harmful toxins and to eliminate any toxins that are already present.
What makes milk thistle effective is that it has seeds that contain a bioflavonoid complex called silymarin, which is the active ingredient in the herb.
Silymarin has been found to regenerate injured liver cells and to alter the composition of bile in a way that prevents the formation of gallstones.
What’s the dosage?
To benefit, Linkie recommends you take a standardised milk thistle extract that provides you with around 420mg of silymarin a day as a treatment for liver problems, or half this dose as a preventive.
If you look after your liver properly, this not only helps you lose weight and shed those remaining few stubborn kilos, but it also does your overall health a big favour too.
Maintaining a healthy liver is needed to help prevent more serious liver conditions, such as viral hepatitis (A, B and C), liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Remember, everything you eat, breathe or absorb through your skin must be refined and detoxified by your liver. But a compromised liver can’t do this. So make sure you protect your liver with milk thistle. Just be sure to consult your doctor before you take milk thistle.