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Milk thistle

Milk thistle is a traditional medicinal herb, used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of drink and food.  Milk thistle (Silyburn marianum) originates from the India-Pakistan border and is a member of the daisy family. Its medicinal properties are found in the ripe seeds. Apparently, Pliny the Elder, as far back as around 23 AD, referred to the plant as being excellent for “carrying off bile”. Researchers in Germany, in 1949, found milk thistle protected the liver of animals who had been exposed to high doses of carbon tetrachloride.

Milk thistle contains an active flavonoid called silymarin, which appears to enter the liver and concentrate in the liver cells during a process called enterohepatic circulation. Silymarin appears to scavenge free radicals, manages the inflammatory response and supports the regeneration of liver cells. It is, therefore, a potent antioxidant; more powerful than vitamins C and E. In numerous st....

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