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Fundamental Milk Thistle 300 mg

Silymarin Milk Thistle - Natural Milk Thistle Supplement

Fundamental Milk Thistle is a milk thistle supplement derived from the milk thistle plant, also known as Silymarin milk thistle. It is a relative of the common daisy and occurs in North Africa, the Middle East and in the Mediterranean. The milk thistle plant bears purple flowers on top of a crown of spines with the prickly stems typical of thistles. It has been grown for millennia for their medicinal effects and in the modern age you can buy a milk thistle supplement is available in capsule form.

There are numerous research studies that The benefits of milk thistle silymarin include antioxidant and antitoxic properties in the body and especially in the liver. There is a growing body of modern research to investigate the means of action of silymarin within the body. It is thought that this research will provide scientific evidence for many of the putative benefits of the supplement.

Importance of the Liver

The liver is the body's largest internal organ and is thought to be the main site of action of milk thistle. A toxic environment can occur when poisonous substances are ingested intentionally, such as with drugs or alcohol, or accidentally, such as with noxious gases or poisonous mushrooms.

The liver is also responsible for breaking down old red blood cells and synthesizing hormones and new red blood cells. It stores carbohydrate and helps in the regulation of glucose levels in the blood. It is involved in protein synthesis and digestion and in the production of blood clotting factors which are essential to stop bleeding by repairing damaged blood vessels. The liver also produces bile which enters the gut through the gallbladder. This is essential to normal digestive function, aiding the breakdown and absorption of fats. It is involved in urine production, as well being the location of many immune cells. Such activity requires a rich blood supply from the heart, via the aorta and hepatic artery, and from the small intestine, via the hepatic portal vein; the hepatic portal vein carries the substances absorbed from the digestive tract.

Liver function is largely carried out by liver cells, also known as hepatocytes. These cells are well known for their regenerative properties, however when under stress or in excessive demand they may not be able to rejuvenate themselves quickly enough to carry out all the functions required of them. As a result the liver may suffer permanent damage which may also lead to damage in other organs or tissues. One of the best way to take care of the liver is to maintain a low level of toxins in the diet. This can be achieved with a normal healthy diet and by consuming in particular high sulphur foods such as garlic, onions and eggs, cauliflower, cabbage, lean meat and fish which aid the liver in detoxification.

Sulphur is essential in the production of glutathione (GSH) in the liver, and is thought to be a crucial antioxidant involved in the combating of inflammation, in immune function and in many other important biochemical functions such as DNA repair.

Many scientists believe that the benefits of milk thistle come from a mixture of flavonolignanes, collectively known as silymarin, that occur within the seeds of the plant. Antioxidants work by helping to prevent the oxidation of molecules. Oxidation is an essential process of the body, however an excess of these reactions leads to the production of free radicals, which in turn cause chain reactions of cell damage and ultimately cell death. By limiting the damage to cells and hence the damage to their DNA, antioxidants may work to prevent cancer. Cancer is generally formed by the division of cells with altered or mutated DNA and this mutation may be caused by oxidation.

The Liver - A Vital Organ

Liver health is essential to good well-being. There is currently no way of substituting the function of the liver by artificial means, as it is such a complex and vital organ. The liver is at risk from a number of disorders because of the wide varieties of roles it performs and the large number of toxins that pass through it. Introducing toxins to the body by way of a high fat diet or consumption of alcohol, by accidental ingestion of toxins such as of poisonous mushrooms, or by infection of the liver by a virus, may put the liver at risk. Many of these diseases are accompanied by external symptoms such as jaundice and itchy skin, as well as internal symptoms such as poor blood sugar regulation and other metabolic difficulties. There are many associated health problems with other organs that occur as a result of poor liver function, such as enlarged gall bladder and spleen, collection of fluid in the abdominal cavity and type II diabetes.

The most common adverse conditions of the liver are hepatitis, cirrhosis and jaundice, each of which has serious implications for general bodily function.

  • Hepatitis, a common liver disease, is an inflammatory condition which may be either acute (lasting a short time) or chronic (long term). It may be caused by way of viral infection or ingestion of toxins, or as part of an autoimmune infection.
  • Cirrhosis is a condition characterized by scarring of the liver as a result of its regeneration and may occur as a result of hepatitis, excessive consumption of alcohol or fatty liver disease, which itself is a result of obesity, type II diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes and is an indication of underlying disease such as, among many others, hepatitis, gall stones or pancreatic cancer.

Milk thistle may be used as a therapeutic agent by doctors in poisoning by mushrooms such as amanita (death cap), according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM).

Silybin (also known as silibinin), the major constituent of silymarin, is the main ingredient of milk thistle.

Always try to improve your lifestyle by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol consumption and partaking in regular vigorous exercise (check with your doctor first). Try and avoid toxins that may put your liver under too much stress.

Fundamental Milk Thistle is made in USA to assure quality, purity and safety.


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