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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Medicinal Properties of Milk Thistle - Saves your Liver and your Life

(Imzaia.com) Especially in these now times in which our bodies are going through the process of ascension and at the same time the addition of chemicals to food, water and air is reaching ridiculous heights, taking care of the body we inhabit is important. Our bodies are going to be more based on life-force; the bodies are going to be less dense: changing into light bodies.

Using the gifts of Gaia, so abundantly filled with life-force, therefore is experienced as a blessing onto us. Milk thistle is one of the gifts we are using to assist the process of detoxifying and preparing our vehicles for what is to come. The liver is the primary detoxifier, often times being stressed so much that damage is the result. Milk thistle can help! And this is just one example. We have collected some articles to give you an overview of the many healing qualities of this beautiful plant.

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Milk Thistle Saves your Liver and your Life

Over 1,000 new synthetic food agents have been approved for consumption in the United States in 2011, and the human liver is the body's primary detoxifier, bearing the brunt of filtering these chemical agents out so cancer cells don't develop and multiply. Milk thistle, also known as Silymarin, prevents the metastatic process, stopping the spread of cancer in its tracks.

A powerful antioxidant that protects against nerve damage and abnormal brain aging, milk thistle also fights off Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and diabetes.

Natural remedies represent the most intelligent and least expensive way to prevent and combat ailments and disease, and milk thistle offers these outstanding functions with zero side effects. It has been used for over 2,000 years to prevent and treat liver disease. Silymarin is actually the extract of the seed-like fruit of the milk thistle plant, which comes in capsules, liquids and teas, but since it doesn't dissolve well in water, the most popular form is the standardized extract.

Currently, there are two ways to address America's chronic care management system. The first way is to make sure you have enough health insurance coverage to pay for the ultra-expensive treatments offered by doctors prescribing pharmaceuticals and for surgeons, who charge an arm and a leg (no pun intended) for cutting organs out of your body when they fail.

The second way is to wait until you are sick and possibly dying, and then to scramble to find natural remedies for your ailments, hoping it's not too late to save you from the massive over-indulgence of chemicals you failed to regulate along life's path.

Fortunately, there is preventive care, which cuts off disease's fuel and heads it off at the pass. This method requires consumers to read a few informative articles every week and to head to the local health food store to purchase the proper, effective vitamins, supplements, and yes, milk thistle.

The liver performs hundreds of critical metabolic functions, including filtering out drugs and alcohol. Research shows that antibiotics and pain relievers increase the liver's stress and damage. In fact, Tylenol is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the United States.

Today, hormones and antibiotics pollute drinking water. In addition to the ones we take for sicknesses, millions of Americans, who eat meat, consume and then excrete more of these same chemicals because they are given to chickens, turkeys, cows, and pigs in order to prevent infection from over-breeding, unkempt quarters, and abnormal growth.

Since the FDA and the CDC have already allowed over 80,000 chemicals to be approved for consumption without testing and without labels to warn consumers, it's a cold hard fact that at some point, everyone will consume toxic food agents that create acid in the body and foster disease. The battle must be fought on both ends - by consuming organic foods that most likely do not contain chemicals, and then by detoxifying the body on a regular basis using herbs and supplements.

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Milk Thistle promotes a healthy liver and fights cancer

Milk Thistle is a plant native to the Mediterranean region that has been used for its medicinal properties since the 1st century AD. It is no surprise that today everyone's body is bombarded with chemical toxins regularly from pesticides in food to the air pollution we breathe. The liver and kidneys are largely responsible for detoxifying our bodies but even they have a limit. Without proper detoxification and care these organs can be overloaded with toxins, not function correctly or, in severe cases, shut down altogether. When these organs are not able to do their jobs effectively, the body as a whole suffers severe illness and disease.

Milk Thistle's ability to support healthy liver and kidney function has been known since the 1st century AD. Milk Thistle's active ingredient is Silymarin, which has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Silymarin comes from a group of flavonoids and research indicates they help repair and protect liver cells from toxic substances. Often utilized by alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver some studies have shown improved liver function and increased survival rates.

One study in particular concerning workers exposed to toxic chemicals for 5-20 years showed significant improvement to overall liver function when given a standardized Milk Thistle extract (80% silymarin) for 30 days.

Other research has indicated that key constituents in Milk Thistle also promote healthy prostate function and a strong gastrointestinal tract by resolving free radical damage. Since the majority of our immune response is found in the gastrointestinal tract this benefit is a strong reason to consider Milk Thistle as a regular detox method.

Milk Thistle has been verified in laboratory studies to be an anti-cancer treatment. Silymarin has been shown to stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, which is why cancer is so deadly. Silymarin also reduces the life span of the cancer's cells. These findings require further testing on humans to be ruled definitive, but they are another valid reason to consider consumption of Milk Thistle as a preventative cancer aid.

Milk Thistle has also shown medicinal benefit for treatments including: lowering cholesterol, reducing insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics who also have cirrhosis, reducing the size of cancerous tumors and growth of cancer cells and reducing liver damage from chemotherapy treatment as well as for liver function for jaundice and for hepatitis patients.

As usual there are mixed results regarding studies concerning Milk Thistle's effectiveness. As with studies concerning Vitamin C, which we all know to be extremely beneficial, most studies completed with Milk Thistle showing ineffective results were tested with very small dosages. These studies concluded that there is no medicinal benefit when studies testing with significantly larger doses concluded the active ingredient, Silymarin, has strong therapeutic effects. Consulting with a naturopath or homeopathic doctor is advised when taking any herbs, especially beyond the recommended dosage.

Many people are concerned whether or not their products contain any of the active ingredients they claim. On average the standard supplement will contain anywhere from 70-80% silymarin when bought from a reputable source.

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About the author

Duke Mansell is a personal trainer who maintains AlltheWayFitness.com, a website devoted to optimal health through functional physical training and organic living. Duke Mansell is a researcher of health and wellness. His client training emphasizes a whole foods approach to weight loss and fitness and utilizes functional training. Duke Mansell is a student of applied kinesiology, trained in muscle testing to address body issues from hormone disfunction to leaky gut. Duke Mansell is also completing a BA and Masters in acupuncture and medicinal herbs.




Milk Thistle provides a protective shield to the liver,
heart and brain

The liver is one of the most critical organs essential to human health. It serves more than 300 functions in the body to detoxify against chemical and environmental intrusions, and it promotes metabolic function as well. Silymarin is commonly known as milk thistle, and new science is emerging to validate the healing potential of this powerful plant. Publishing in the journal Hepatitis Monthly, researchers provide solid evidence that natural milk thistle extracts can halt and even reverse the effects of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an affliction affecting as much as a third of the adult population. Supplementation with milk thistle will dramatically lower the risks associated with fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis and cognitive dysfunction.

NAFLD is a significant health concern that is growing at an unprecedented rate due to the obesity and diabetes epidemic currently gripping most western societies. The condition is caused in part by excess accumulation of fats (triglycerides) in the cellular matrix of the liver that results in suboptimal function of the organ. Left unchecked, the disease can result in cell injury and damage, in inflammation and ultimately in cirrhosis as the liver becomes less able to perform the multitude of tasks essential to life.

Researchers found that the plant extract has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and becomes concentrated in hepatic tissue soon after ingestion. They found that silymarin promotes liver tissue regeneration by supporting multiple critical metabolic functions: these include lower oxidized LDL cholesterol levels, regulation of membrane permeability and stability and prevention of the deposition of collagen fibers, which lead to cirrhosis. In addition, milk thistle inhibits the absorption of many toxins, effectively preventing them from entering circulation through the bloodstream.

Silymarin is known to be a powerful cellular antioxidant with specific properties that can prevent excess oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized LDL cholesterol particles are sticky and become lodged in the delicate endothelial layer of coronary artery vessels where they combine with other blood-borne compounds to form plaque. Natural milk thistle extracts (570 mg per day) have proven effective to lower risk factors that promote arterial hardening.

Milk thistle has been used as a chemopreventive agent in the fight against certain cancer lines, most notably metastatic cancers of the prostate. Silymarin interferes with cancer growth and immortality, and it exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-metastatic activity (prevents cancer spread). Extracts of milk thistle have also been used as an agent in the war against numerous malignancies including those of the liver, colon and skin.

Our body is continually under assault from a barrage of more than 70,000 chemicals and 900 drugs known to induce liver damage. Milk thistle supplementation provides an effective tool to protect and heal our primary filtration organ, the liver. Silymarin is also proving to be an important tool that can naturally lower cancer risk, while providing critical support for the heart and prostate.

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John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan', a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download your Free 48 page copy of 'Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan'.


Milk thistle extract shown to halt lung cancer
progression in its tracks

By John Philip

Lung cancer is a devastating disease with a traditionally poor survival rate of less than ten percent after five years from diagnosis. There are a number of well documented triggers that cause tissue damage that eventually results in DNA damage, allowing lung cancer cells to develop and spread. Researchers from the University of Colorado publishing in the journal Molecular Carcinogenesis found that treatment with silibinin, a major component of milk thistle, effectively treated wound development in lung cancer cells by halting the disease and preventing metastasis. Long known for its rejuvenating effects on the liver, milk thistle is now emerging as a viable therapy to help prevent and reverse the damage caused by years of cellular breakdown in lung tissue.

Although milk thistle use has been documented for nearly 2,000 years, very little solid science exists to validate the beneficial effects on human health. Cells communicate with one another through a complex series of signals to achieve an end result, normally the creation of a protein or the completion of an enzymatic reaction. When this chain is broken as a result of poor diet or lifestyle choices that affect metabolic homeostasis, diseases such as cancer are allowed to develop and manifest in tissues throughout the body.

Milk Thistle Halts the Inflammatory Chain Known to Promote Lung Cancer Progression

Big Pharma frequently looks to break these chain reactions in an unnatural way; it halts metabolic processes in the body commonly with undesired or potentially deadly consequences. COX2 and iNOS are two enzymes that are involved in a chain of actions that elicit an inflammatory response to wounds and infectious processes. If you were to cut yourself, inflammation at the local site is a desired response that will aid healing. Unfortunately, systemic inflammation caused by excess body weight and poor dietary choices is a serious problem underlying many chronic diseases including lung cancer.

Both COX2 and iNOS aid tumor growth when they remain in circulation as a response to chronic inflammation. Two transcription factors known as STAT1 and STAT3 allow the blueprint of DNA to bind with proteins that continue the signal cascade, eventually leading to the production of harmful COX2 and iNOS. Researchers found that when the chain is broken, tumor growth is halted and metastatic growth stops. They found that a derivative of milk thistle called silibinin was able to inhibit the upstream signals that lead to the expression of COX2 and iNOS and help prevent lung cancer.

Lead study authors concluded: "What we showed is that STAT1 and STAT3 may be promising therapeutic targets in the treatment of lung cancer... and that naturally-derived products like silibinin may be as effective as today's best treatments." Milk thistle represents another natural compound that provides a powerful effect to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Alternative health experts recommend supplementing with 250 mg of a standardized milk thistle extract each day to fight the threat of lung cancer.

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