Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Milk Thistle (silymarin)

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Milk Thistle (silymarin)

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) was used in classical Greece to support healthy liver and gallbladder function and to protect the liver against toxins. Its active ingredient, silymarin (actually a collection of related compounds found primarily in the seeds), acts to promote healthy liver cell function by stimulating the activity of antioxidant compounds, while itself acting as an antioxidant, stabilizing liver cell membranes and increasing their resistance to penetration by toxins, stimulating the regeneration of normal liver cells and promoting bile production and secretion.

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Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Curcumin (from Turmeric)


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