The Liver has considerable responsibilities in maintaining the health of the human body. It produces bile for the breakdown of food and breaks down excess hormones like cholesterol and estrogen. It also metabolizes proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Perhaps none of the liver’s responsibilities are more important than its role in the neutralization of many toxic compounds which could potentially cause catastrophic damage to our bodies. Many of these compounds (oxidized fats, artificial preservatives and flavors) are routinely ingested with our food and their detoxification puts it’s cells at a particular risk of damage or destruction.
Because the liver plays such a vital role in maintaining health and is continuously exposed to noxious compounds, it’s protection is vital for the achievement of optimal health. Milk Thistle Extract has been shown to protect and improve the health and functioning of the liver; supplementation with these herbs could have a profoundly positive effect on general health.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) contains a group of compounds known collectively as silymarin. Silymarin has been shown in studies to be one of the most effective liver-protective substances known to science.
Silymarin is a potent antioxidant. It is ten times stronger than Vitamin E. This antioxidant activity protects the liver and other parts of the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, a group of toxic compounds which cause cellular damage.
Silymarin also helps to protect the liver from free radicals by stimulating the production of glutathione. Glutathione forms the basic foundation for building several powerful anti-oxidant enzymes. Like Vitamin E and silymarin itself, these enzymes convert highly toxic free radicals into harmless compounds.