Supplementing with Milk Thistle.
November 2, 2012 Admin 0
Standardized Silymarin, obtained courtesy of Milk Thistle has long been recognized as a liver protecting and liver rebuilding herb. Studies exist, which have shown that consistent use can yield increased liver function and an increase in the production of Superoxide Dismutases (SOD). Superoxide dismutases plays a huge role in the antioxidant defence of cells exposed to oxygen radicals.
It is perhaps because of the aforementioned use alone, and the activity of Milk Thistle as a hepatic (liver) functional promoter that it sees widespread use among those interested in boosting their health and those that want to increase liver function because of indulgences like drinking or eating poorly. Milk Thistle is widely acknowledged to aid in the recovery from excessive alcohol consumption and used by people sometimes unwilling to cut back on their alcohol consumption, perhaps paradoxically relying on Milk Thistle to maintain liver function.
What is less widely known about Milk Thistle and its effect on the production of Superoxide Dismutase is the alternative activities they possess. Certain SOD’s are known to be potent hair growth stimulants when applied topically. If SOD’s can also promote hair growth (or regrowth) when taken internally, is something which should be investigated further before any concrete hypothesis can be made. The link between liver function and hair loss as we age, may be because the hepatic system does not perform optimally and thus the production of SOD’s is decreased, resulting in less stimulus to hair growth.
One other interesting point to note about how the liver’s function declines as we age, is it’s ability to produce the hormone IGF-1 attenuates also. IGF-1, besides being a potent muscle building hormone, is also recognised to stimulate the biosynthesis proteoglycans that give cartiledge its integrity, flexibility and strength and may be instigated in degenerative diseases like arthiritis.
The recommended dosage of Milk Thistle per day can vary and one should investigate this further before deciding on how much to use. It is wise to always choose ‘Standardized extracts’ and not just herbal concoctions that may contain varying (or little) potency. Always stick to reputable brands from reputable sellers. The case for supplementing with Milk Thistle beyond a basic liver boosting function is too strong to ignore and the herb may potentially offer benefits that go way beyond the scope of the liver itself.
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