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After I learned about milk thistle, I began taking this remarkable, ancient remedy immediately and never stopped. You can acquire it in most health food stores, and it is offered in a variety of forms. Some formulas combine it with artichoke leaves, dandelion root extract, licorice, and other herbs.

I use the organic seeds, simmer them for two hours, and then drink the tea iced. It is also important to take at least 1000 mg. of milk thistle per day in capsule form, in addition to the tea, as silymarin is not water-soluble. There are other active ingredients in milk thistle that are important, but unfortunately most of them are eliminated from the processed capsule form. This is why I recommend taking both the tea and the capsules. I've reviewed many articles and studies on milk thistle and hope that some of them will find their way to all those liver doctors who told me there was nothing I could do or take to help my liver regenerate.

For centuries, dating back to Roman and Greek civilizations, milk thistle has been used as an antidote for poisoning, including snakebites. Silymarin, which is derived from milk thistle, is considered medicine's most important antidote to poisoning by the mushroom toxins a-amintin and phalloidin.

Cited as one of the oldest known herbal medicines, milk thistle is part of the daisy family, and it is also a relative of the common garden thistle and the tasty artichoke. In Roman times, Pliny the Elder, a noted naturalist, described the medicinal uses of milk thistle, indicating this prickly medicine was excellent for carrying off bile.

Jean Rohrer comments:


There has been recent clinical research, especially in Germany, which has brought the use of this multifunctional plant to front row prominence in the treatment of liver toxicity. Indeed, milk thistle is considered supreme in healing chronic or acute liver damage, virtually regardless of cause, as well as protecting the liver against many toxins and pollutants.

First, silymarin stabilizes and strengthens liver cell walls, stopping toxins from entering. It acts by inducing formation of liver cell proteins, which are incorporated into the cell walls, making them stronger and more resistant to toxins.

Second, by increasing the rate of protein synthesis, silymarin enhances regeneration of liver cells.

Third, are the antioxidants and free-radical scavenging abilities of this marvelous weed. As if these impressive effects weren't sufficient, the fourth mechanism silymarin gets involved in is the enzyme and catalytic activity of the liver. It inhibits production of the enzymes that produce substances damaging to the liver, while at the same time preventing the depletion of glutathione on liver cells, a substance that mediates cell metabolism.

Clinically, milk thistle causes significant reversal of symptoms of both acute and chronic liver problems from viral hepatitis to cirrhosis. (10)

During my treatment I took:
Two 400 mg. milk thistle capsules three times per day.
I also drank one quart of milk thistle tea per day.

Recently I was made aware of the Phytosome form of milk thistle as found in SuperSiliphos. The main advantage seems to be that dramatically more silybin (the most helpful constituent of milk thistle extract) gets into your bloodstream and therefore to your liver.
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