Milk Thistle with Dandelion
We all know that alcohol can cause damage to the liver, but did you know that many of the medications we take could cause the same serious injury as alcohol?
Keeping the liver healthy and functioning is one of the most important things we can do for our health.
The liver is the largest glandular organ in the body. We tend to think of it as the primary filtering organ of the body, making it essential for detoxification. But that's not all it does.
The liver produces substances that break down fats properly. We can easily gain weight if it's overloaded. It makes certain amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It stores vitamins and minerals, and helps maintain proper blood sugar levels. It's also responsible for substances that build and maintain hormone levels.
When you think about all the things it does, no wonder so many of us are plagued with symptoms just because poor diet and toxins are taxing the liver. Studies have shown that certain mycotoxins that are commonly found in grains can cause cirrhosis of the liver.
And then there are medications that can add to the load. Many anti-cancer drugs can damage the liver. So can some of the popular prescription antidepressants. Even the popular pain reliever, acetaminophen, can create unnecessary liver stress. The truth is, the liver is commonly stressed and easy to overlook when we plan a supplement regimen.
So how should we support this vital organ? The key herb for liver support is milk thistle. Milk thistle is a Mediterranean plant that has been used for centuries. Botany professor Chris Kilham points to several studies proving that milk thistle can actually regenerate liver cells that have been damaged by cirrhosis and infectious hepatitis. It is incredibly antifungal and has been used as an antidote to poisoning by the deathcap mushroom. It is even being studied as a way to slow the growth of prostate cancer.
For extra protection, I love the addition of dandelion to a liver regimen. It is a terrific antioxidant and blood detoxifier. One of the components called ta-RAX-a-cin helps prompt the liver to release bile. This combo is a standard nutrition protocol to keep the liver in peak condition.
Want help choosing a great liver supplement? Call my office or visit the Milk Thistle with Dandelion web page.
I'm Guy Evans, and now you know!
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