Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for March 04, 2007

Still a little concerned about my “yellow” skin colour, I went to the health food store to see what I could find. I looked at all of the supplements that can help the liver and settled on a Milk Thistle complex that also contains Dandelion.

Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

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.

Milk thistle seeds contain silymarin, a powerful antioxidant that has been found effective against free-radical producing toxins in the liver. Silymarin increases the amount present of one of the liver’s most important detoxification enzymes, glutathione. Silymarin also inhibits the action of the enzyme lipoxygenase, which triggers the release of damaging leukotrienes. Finally, silymarin actually appears to stimulate protein synthesis in the liver, leading to an increase in the number of new liver cells to replace old, damaged cells. There have been more than 300 studies of silymarin. In one double-blind clinical trial, silymarin demonstrated impressive results in 129 patients suffering from various kinds of liver damage after 35 days of treatment, as compared with a control group of 56 patients. In a follow-up study lasting seven weeks, biopsies showed a remarkable return to normal cell structure, even in severely damaged livers. Other studies have supported the efficacy of silymarin in treating individuals with liver damage due to long-term exposure to toxic chemicals, alcohol-related cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

Dandelion has been used effectively for jaundice and inflammation of the liver. Like the globe artichoke, dandelion may help curtail the development of gallstones.


March 4, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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