Milk Thistle Silybum marianum L.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum L.) is herbaceous one-year to a 2-year-old plant up to 150 cm high from the Asteraceae family. He is not a Donkey Thorn. It is so called because of the milky white liquid that comes out of its leaves when we crush them.
Grows in dry and sunny places. The flowers of the plant of red-purple. Its stem is unbroken or slightly branched. The leaves are consecutively located and end with yellowish thorns. Blooms from May to August. Meeting in Bulgaria up to 1000 m above sea level
Used extensively in medicine. Over the past 40 years, intensive chemical, pharmacological and clinical studies have confirmed the mechanisms of action of the white thistle and its therapeutic value is widely used.
Numerous studies confirm the ability of the Milk thistle to protect the liver and the body against almost any kind of disability. Good alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, drug and alcohol-induced lesions, acute viral hepatitis, hepatic steatosis, fibrosis and cirrhosis, steroidal liver irritation, regular moderate to severe alcohol use, susceptibility to toxic environmental influences and others.
Milk thistle contain a bioflavonoid complex known as silymarin, the active substance responsible for the main benefits of white thistle extract. The major flavonoids are silibinin, silidianin and silicrystine.
The milk thistle influences very well patients who suffer from toxic liver damage, chronic liver disease and drug-induced diseases, stabilizing the cell membrane and stimulating protein synthesis as well as accelerating the regeneration processes of damaged liver tissue. Protects the cells of the liver by blocking the penetration of harmful toxins and helping to clear the already infected toxins.
He is a powerful antioxidant, maintaining health and energy, protecting the body from free radicals and lipid peroxidation that attack cells and tissues.
Laboratory studies have shown that silymarin and other milk thistle active compounds exhibit anticancer effect, stop reproduction and growth of cancer cells, reduce blood flow to tumor formations, provide some skin protection from the sun and reduce the risk of skin cancer .
He has been found to have a biliary effect to enhance the secretion of bile juice and improve the metabolism of fat and digestion.
Can be safely used by a wide range of patients, including pregnant women and nursing mothers.