The importance of your liver health can’t be overstated. As an essential organ and blood purifier, your liver works non-stop to cleanse your blood of toxins at an astounding rate of 1 quart per minute to keep your body healthy and functioning. Milk thistle promotes the process of drawing toxins out of the body, which is why Swanson’s Premium Milk Thistle capsules are an important addition to your health and wellness regimen.
What is Milk Thistle?
Known as a powerful liver tonic, milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a flowering plant and a close relative of both daisies and ragweed. Originating from the Mediterranean region, milk thistle has been in use for thousands of years due to its incredible health benefits: it is believed that milk thistle was used in ancient Greece and Rome for those seeking its liver boosting effects. Milk thistle supports the detoxification capability of the liver with the help of the flavonoid silymarin.
Benefits of Silymarin
Milk thistle seeds are one of the richest natural sources of silymarin. Silymarin is composed of many active compounds called flavonolignans which fight back against toxins that try to bind to cell receptors. Silymarin may also guard against the depletion of glutathione, a highly beneficial antioxidant.
Milk Thistle and Your Liver
Environmental metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, arsenic and various others can be toxic to your health. Found in foods, our water supply, and even the air, heavy metals can be hard to avoid, and long-term exposure to them can cause a host of unpleasant health issues.
In some cases, heavy metals can negatively affect nervous system function, brain function and other vital organs. Because of this impact on your health, support against these heavy metals is critical. Milk thistle promotes the liver’s ability to protect itself and slow free radical formation accelerated by heavy metal presence within the bloodstream.