Applications for milk thistle, or Sylbum marianum, began as early as the first century with the Romans, who used it primarily to treat liver problems. Modern scientific studies suggest that the active substances in milk thistle (particularly silymarin) protect the liver from damage that may be caused by toxins, alcohol, viruses, and certain drugs.
A comprehensive review of recent scientific studies by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that in five of seven studies designed to examine the effect of milk thistle on alcoholic liver disease, milk thistle provided significant improvements in liver function.
Other clinical studies demonstrated that daily doses of milk thistle by individuals suffering from cirrhosis resulted in lower mortality rates than those taking a placebo. Further study is necessary before a specific health benefit can be confirmed. However, extensive research suggests that milk thistle may have a protective effect on the liver.
Milk thistle has powerful antioxidant properties and is believed to be especially helpful in protecting the liver and kidneys from free-radical damage. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage while stimulating production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
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