The therapeutic properties of milk thistle
Milk Thistle, annual herbaceous plant belonging to the family compound tuboliflore. It is especially in central and southern. Sought after by collectors for its excellent therapeutic qualities.
Used as a stimulant of gastric diuretuco, febrifuge.
Or silybum marianum contains a large amount of complex of bioflavonoids (phytoestrogens) called flavonolignans, and which mainly include silybin together to isosilibina, dehydrosilybin, silydianin, silicristina, etc ..
These phytoestrogens, like those in the other ingredients of Wonderup, regulate the female hormone production, whose balance is critical to the overall well-being of women.
Other characteristics and properties:
Milk Thistle enjoyed a time of great respect in folk medicine, estimates that has been gradually fading unjustifiably. The plant, in fact, is rich in therapeutic properties that make it particularly valuable in liver dysfunction.
It has indeed a long history in folk medicine as a tonic for the liver.
Silymarin contained in milk thistle has shown a protective effect against many types of chemical toxins, including alcohol. A milk thistle extract is used to improve liver function, protect against liver damage and accelerate the regeneration of damaged liver cells. Clinical studies have confirmed the usefulness of standardized extracts of milk thistle in cases of intoxication of the liver, cirrhosis, and other chronic liver disease related to alcohol abuse.
Property and medical use of flavonoglinani (silymarin) from Sylubum marianum [Properties and medical use of flavonolignans (Silymarin) from Milk Thistle] Phytotherapy Research (United Kingdom), 1996, 10 / SUPPL. 1 (S25-S26)] The purified extracts of flavonolignans from the fruits of milk thistle (Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn., Syn. Carduus marianus L.) mainly contain silymarin, a compound of isometric silibinina, ssosilibinina, silicristina and silydianin. Silymarin is used for the treatment of toxic liver damage (induced by alcohol, drugs or environmental toxins) and for supportive therapy in chronic inflammation of the liver and in liver cirrhosis. Silymarin and its main isomer, silibinina, have been shown to possess antioxidant properties thus preventing lipid oxidation and destruction of the membranes in the cells. In addition, the biosynthesis of protenine and cell regeneration are so accelerated in fagato damaged, leading to the restoration of hepatic functions.
A certain toxins from poisonous mushrooms denied access to liver cells by the silibinin due to competitive inhibition of the cell mebrane. The intravenous treatment with a soluble derivative of silibinin is currently an important factor in the life-saving therapy standard of cases of poisoning by Amanita phalloides. Finally, it was recently shown that silymarin inhibits the production of lecotriene which explains its anti-inflammatory effect and its action antifbrotica. Clinical tests confirm the effects poitivi found in experimental studies.
Thus, silymarin is today not only the best documented substance for the therapy of the liver but also one of the plant extracts most carefully researched and studied with known mechanisms of action:
* Tonic and regenerating liver
* It helps in problems and enlargements of the liver: liver disease by alcoholism, drug use, chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, sensitivity to chemicals, exposure to industrial toxins, detox programs. It protects the liver from toxic poisoning by toadstools. Regenerate liver tissue damaged by hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcoholism, drugs, and environmental toxins. It also helps against fatigue, depression and food allergies. Milk thistle prevents free radical damage to liver cells, prevents the formation of leukotrienes and stimulates the production of new liver cells (protein synthesis or production of cell protein), speeding up the process of regeneration. The liver protects the body from toxic chemicals. The silibinin in milk thistle protects the liver from environmental toxins that enter the body through food, water, air and skin. The silibinin has no effect on the enzyme system of the liver; therefore, it protects the body from the damaging effects of pharmaceutical drugs and anesthesia without interfering with the action of drugs. With everything that the liver has to filter every day, it is no surprise that it can sometimes be overloaded. Milk thistle can help rejuvenate and also to protect it from future damage. Anyone who has had hepatitis, cirrhosis or high liver conditions should add milk thistle as a supplement. In fact, it would not hurt if everyone would take regularly as tonic herb.
* Antidote to poisoning – especially from a poisonous mushroom, Amanita falloide. The silibinin and other components of the complex of silymarin were discovered as beneficial in treating liver diseases in Germany several decades ago. A very popular national pastime in Germany is picking mushrooms, a practice with inherent risks, such as Amanita phalloides. Consume Amanita falloide leads to severe and usually fatal liver damage (destroys cells) – in fact, those who survive poisoning by Amanita falloide are so damaged that often require liver transplant to survive. Miraculously, silymarin binds to liver cells by preventing the poisons of the fungus to bind themselves, thus blocking their poisonous effect. Silymarin is also able to directly neutralize the poison itself, which makes it effective also if taken after the poison mushroom has been ingested. The extract of milk thistle, for that reason, is obliged to hand in German hospitals where it is administered in an emergency to treat poisoning by Amanita falloide also fatal.
* Cholagogue – affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to stimulate the emptying of the gallbladder and bile flow into the duodenum.
* Acts as an antioxidant, with a control of the damage from free radicals much greater than vitamin E. The silybin, which is located in the Milk Thistle, stimulates the activity of an enzyme, the Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD), which acts as a scavenger of free radicals much more powerful than Vitamin E. In the presence of silibinin, less glutathione, an enzyme that reduces oxidation, is used in the fabrics, resulting in a lower decrease of gluthatione. Glutathione reduces the activity of free radicals, not only in the liver, but in the whole body. The milk thistle inhibits the enzyme lipoxigenase preventing the formation of leukotrienes, compounds that are responsible for inflammation.
* Galactagogue – stimulates the production of breast milk in nursing mothers
* Relieves cramps and menstrual pains
* Cure the headaches associated with menstrual periods
* Balances female hormones (estrogen)
* Softening effect in treating pleurisy
* Antiemorragico – known since antiquity for this property
* Depurative – purifies the blood and liver
* Diuretic – facilitates the elimination of toxins through urine
* Febrifugal – dispels fever
* Leaves have properties especially appetizing. Milk thistle is also used as the aromatic component and aperitiva for the preparation of liquors. It stimulates the appetite and aids digestion.
* Antispasmodic – preveine muscle cramps precautions of use may have a mild laxative effect due to the stimulation of the gall bladder, but this effect lasts only two or three days and then disappears. In the kitchen: Grass to be used in salads and as a cooked vegetable (it tastes similar to spinach)
* In the past it was often grown in gardens
* The stems can be eaten and are tasty and nutritious
* The tender leaves can be eaten in salads
* The flowering tops were previously boiled and eaten like asparagus tips Milk thistle is a plant that is a true gift of nature because it is both food and medicine. In spring, the buds can be boiled and eaten like cabbage and tender leaves can be added to salads. In autumn, the seeds are a favorite food for the finches and an important medicine for men. History and tradition:
• Considered a great stimulator of breast milk to be included in the diet for new mothers
• He was thought to have healing properties against snake bites
• He is worn around the neck protected from snake bites
• The fruits were used to treat hydrophobia
• Applied externally, it was said to be beneficial in cancer cases
• The young and tender plant can be boiled and eaten in the spring as a blood purifier
• The fruits were used for many years for a variety of conditions and diseases especially of the liver. However, the medicinal use of the plant, except that as a simple bitter, was practically stopped at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was used by European mothers to increase their milk. The white spots on the leaves are drops of milk of the Virgin Mary falls while nursing the baby Jesus. Hence the name of Mary.