Milk thistle is believed to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.
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Take Care of Your Liver and Live Longer.
By Jennifer McLachlan
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With all of the chores we must perform in our day to day life and with gardening
season and outdoor decorating just around the bend, sometimes it does seem quite
a daunting task to keep track of everything that needs to be taken care of with
your most valuable asset - you! An often forgotten element of your body is your
liver and often times, unless your doctor tells you there is a problem, you tend
to overlook this very important and integral part of your anatomy. Until recently,
I must admit, that even I was unaware just how much your liver does for you and
my purpose today is to try to highlight its’ main function and also to let you know
what herbal supplements will not only help prevent liver disorders but also work
to reverse any problems you may already have.
Simply put, the liver, which is the second largest organ in the human body, acts
as the body's filter constantly cleansing to protect you from toxins. Optimal
liver health, cleansing and detoxification can also help you to overcome weight
loss that has traditionally been difficult for you to achieve. Sometimes no matter
how many diets a person tries and how hard the exercise, it is almost impossible
for them to lose weight. New research has shown that one of the keys to overcoming
difficult weight loss is to rejuvenate the liver’s natural detoxification and body
The liver also acts to: access the energy we need from proteins, fats, and carbohydrates;
store vitamins, minerals, and sugars; filter the blood, removing all kinds of harmful
substances; metabolize, helps utilize, and eliminate excess hormones; create substances
that enhance our immune system (like gamma globulin); store extra blood for emergencies;
act as a blood bank for 20% to 30% of your body's blood; help maintain our electrolyte
and water balance; help us utilize fat-soluble vitamins (like A, D, E, F, and K);
control triglycerides, cholesterol, other blood fats and body fat levels; create
bile, which breaks down fats.
Milk thistle is one of the most powerful natural liver protector's known to
man. It is one of the best examples of preventative medicine that we have today
as it not only protects each cell of the liver from incoming toxins, but simultaneously
encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol,
drugs, medications, mercury and heavy metals, pesticides, anesthesia, and even the
most poisonous of mushrooms, the amanita or 'death-cap' mushroom.
The scientific support for this 2000-year-old liver remedy is substantial, and evidence
within animal, in vitro, and human clinical trials is strong. Considered a noxious
or invasive roadside perennial weed in many horticultural circles, milk thistle
is wonderful and appropriate for anyone who is under stress, uses alcohol, recreational
drugs, prescription medications, or lives in today's modern times of pesticides,
environmental toxins, and pollution - virtually everyone!
Milk Thistle products can be found at ZooScape.com in various forms such as capsules,
liquid extracts, teas, creams and powders and can all be found by following this
Of course, Milk Thistle is not the only option you have when looking to attain optimal
liver health. Another excellent product that does just this is Dandelion. Dandelion
has been used by European herbalists for centuries and is a long-time herbal favorite
for nourishing the urinary tract and the liver as it flushes toxins out of the body,
via the liver and kidneys. Dandelion root also purifies the blood, increases bile
production and improves the function of the spleen, pancreas, stomach and kidneys.
Dandelion root is regarded as a 'liver tonic', which has led to its use
for many illnesses traditionally believed to be caused by a 'sluggish' or
'congested' liver, including constipation, headaches, eye problems, gout,
skin problems, fatigue and boils.
Building on this traditional thinking, some modern naturopathic physicians believe
that dandelion can help 'detoxify' or clean out the liver and gallbladder.
This concept has led to the suggestion that dandelion can reduce the side effects
of medications processed by the liver, as well as relieve symptoms of diseases in
which impaired liver function plays a role.
Like Milk Thistle, ZooScape.com carries a diverse range of Dandelion products that
can all be found by following this link:
You can also find a wide range of products which blend Milk Thistle and Dandelion
ZooScape.com is proud to be the exclusive distributor for TerraVita supplements
worldwide and carry a wide range of Milk Thistle and Dandelion products, including
capsules, creams, liquid extracts, teas and powders. In having such a range of products
available to our customers, we are able to provide you with products that allow
you to choose what you like best, without compromising on quality!
After learning what my liver does for me, I know that today is the first day I will
begin doing something to protect it! As always, if you ever need any more information
or have any questions or concerns, not only regarding Milk Thistle or Dandelion
but also for any of the thousands of products found at ZooScape.com, you can contact
us by email at help@ZooScape.com.
Here’s to your health!
Third-Party Research References:
1. Eugene R. Schiff, Michael F. Sorrell, Willis C. Maddrey, eds. Schiff's diseases
of the liver, 9th ed. Philadelphia : Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2003.
2. Sheila Sherlock, James Dooley. Diseases of the liver and biliary system, 11th
ed. Oxford, UK ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Science. 2002.
3. David Zakim, Thomas D. Boyer. eds. Hepatology: a textbook of liver disease, 4th
ed. Philadelphia: Saunders. 2003. Balch, 1997; BHMA Scientific Committee, 1996;
Hallowell, 1994; Hoffman, 1994; Tyler, 1993; Tyler, 1994; Wishard, 1995.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Products are intended to support general well being and are not intended to treat,
diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease. If conditions persist,
please seek advice from your medical doctor.