Regenerative Rewards Like Us

Milk Thistle

  • Information
  • Ingredients / Dosage
  • Further Reading
  • Health Uses

Almost 50% extra active ingredients - FREE

 Milk Thistle Tincture has been replaced with Milk Thistle Extract capsules

Milk Thistle Tincture is permanently discontinued

The recommended usage of 2 capsules daily (see next tab) delivers a similar amount of the active ingredients as to the tincture. At this usage level you get almost 50% extra active ingredients with no increase in cost. 
 
The liver is an overworked organ that detoxifies your blood and performs numerous vital functions, it is said that Milk Thistle (Carduus Marianus) is the best liver protector of the herbal kingdom

In 1960, German scientists identified a group of active ingredients collectively called Silymarin present in Milk Thistle. Silymarin protects the liver by strengthening the outer membranes of the liver cells, which prevents toxins from entering the cells. Silymarin also stimulates protein synthesis in liver cells, which helps to regenerate and repair the liver. Silymarin compounds are also strong antioxidants, and have been shown to reduce damage to liver cells caused by repeated use of some prescription drugs. They help to protect the liver from alcohol damage, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and pollutants.

Milk Thistle is useful for helping to overcome liver diseases such as Hepatitis A,B,C (Please see the conditions list for information on the treatment of these diseases)

The German Commission approved the use of Milk Thistle for toxic liver damage and as a supportive treatment for chronic inflammatory liver disease and hepatic cirrhosis

Milk thistle also assists the flow of bile and may therefore help in the prevention and elimination of gallstones
 
Milk Thistle (Carduus Marianus) is made from the Milk Thistle Seeds 

 
 
Milk Thistle
 
Milk Thistle is an herbaceous annual or biennial plant with a dense prickly flower head with purplish tubular flowers. Milk Thistle is an edible plant native to southern Europe, southern Russia, Asia Minor, and northern Africa, and has been used for food and as a tonic herb for the liver in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean for a long time. Virtually all parts of the plant have been used as food with no known toxicity. Milk Thistle was introduced to North America by European colonists.
 
The liver is an overworked organ that detoxifies blood and performs numerous vital functions. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an edible herbaceous annual or biennial plant native to warm, dry areas in southern Europe and northern Africa, and has been used as food in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean. Milk thistle has been used for liver problems for over 2,000 years.
 
In 1960, German scientists identified a group of active ingredients collectively called silymarin from Milk Thistle, mainly from the seeds. Silymarin protects the liver by strengthening the outer membranes of liver cells, which prevents toxins from entering the cells. Silymarin also stimulates protein synthesis in liver cells, which helps to regenerate and repair the liver. Silymarin compounds are also strong antioxidants, and have been shown to reduce damage to liver cells caused by repeated use of some prescription drugs.  They may protect liver from alcohol damage, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and pollutants. Recent studies have shown that Milk thistle extract may also be beneficial for reducing the chance for certain cancers. With almost no known side effects, since Milk Thistle is a food, and well-known hepatoprotective efficacy, it is said that Milk Thistle is the best liver protector of the herbal kingdom.
 
The German Commission approved the internal use of crude milk thistle fruit preparations for dyspeptic complaints. Standardized extracts (usually ranging in silymarin concentration from 70 to 80%) are approved for toxic liver damage and as a supportive treatment for chronic inflammatory liver disease and hepatic cirrhosis.
 
Silymarin is known to protect the liver by altering and strengthening the structure of outer cell membranes of liver cells, preventing toxins from entering the liver cells, and by stimulating the regenerative ability of the liver and the formation of new cells through the activation of an enzyme nucleolar polymerase A, which leads to the increase in ribosomal protein synthesis and cell division.  The silybin component of sillymarin has been related to cholesterol-lowering effects. Through the capability to increase bile solubility, sylimarin may also help prevent or alleviate gallstones.
 
Scientific and Clinical Studies
 
Anecdotal efficacy of Milk Thistle for liver health has been supported by numerous studies. Some reports on such studies are provided (please advise us of dead links):

Gastroenterol Nurs 2001 Mar-Apr;24(2):95-7 - Milk Thistle and the treatment of hepatitis

Drugs 2001;61(14):2035-63 - The use of silymarin in the treatment of liver diseases
 
J Immunol 1999 Dec 15;163(12):6800-9 - Silymarin suppresses TNF-induced activation of NF-kappa B, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and apoptosis

Altern Med Rev 1998 Dec;3(6):410-21 - A review of plants used in the treatment of liver disease: part 1

Am J Gastroenterol 1998 Feb;93(2):139-43 - Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) for the therapy of liver disease

Hepatology 1996 Apr;23(4):749-54 - Inhibition of Kupffer cell functions as an explanation for the hepatoprotective properties of silibinin

J Hepatol 1989 Jul;9(1):105-13 - Randomized controlled trial of silymarin treatment in patients with cirrhosis of the liver

Cell Mol Life Sci 1997 Dec;53(11-12):917-20 - Silibinin, a plant extract with antioxidant and membrane stabilizing properties, protects exocrine pancreas from cyclosporin A toxicity

Cancer Res 2000 Oct 15;60(20):5617-20 - Silibinin up regulates insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3 expression and inhibits proliferation of androgen-independent prostate cancer cells

Cancer Lett 1999 Dec 1;147(1-2):77-84 - Inhibition of human carcinoma cell growth and DNA synthesis by silibinin, an active constituent of milk thistle: comparison with Silymarin
You may also be interested in...
 

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle Seed Extract 120 V/Caps
$17.65
Includes Worldwide shipping
£GB   €EU   $AU
Add to Basket
Tax-free, and includes worldwide delivery
Includes Worldwide Delivery
We tell you about the shipping cost directly on the order page, no waiting until checkout to find out your total item cost
Tax Free Shopping
We carefully size our products, and products are offered in the maximum number of capsules that we can provide whilst keeping the item value below £15.00 and so making it not liable for VAT (UK - Citizens of other countries should check the value permitted for imports before VAT/Tax is applied in their country)
Personal Support and Advice
We're here to help you every step of the way - contact us
 
Tax-Free Shopping
Worldwide Delivery Included in the Price
Mobile / Tablet users may prefer our mobile optimised website | Privacy and Cookies Policy

Disclaimer: Regenerative Nutrition advocates a holistic approach to natural health and wellbeing. The body's ability and power to heal depends upon the totality of diet, nutrition, lifestyle and environmental factors. The information provided in our article is for information purposes only, it in no way constitutes a medical consultation, or medical advice, nor is it intended to be taken as a solicitation to purchase our products.

Always consult a health care practitioner when combating disease states.

No claim for the cure of any disease is intended, or implied nor do we claim that our products will treat, cure or prevent any disease.