This is a true story about a successful businessman, Robert C. He was well known in the corporate world and his name was synonymous with mega business deals, died of liver cancer at age 45. He had an extremely challenging career over the years. However, he always took it as positive stress, which drove him to work harder. A few months later, he suffered a sudden headache as well as a serious abdominal pain; it was like an alarm bell going off – which said, “Wake up and listen to your body, something is wrong with your body”. Unable to withstand the pain, he went for a body check-up. He was shocked and upset to know that he was diagnosed with the final stage of liver cancer. He regretted for not taking care of his liver and sadly, he left behind his wife and two kids.
Liver is one of the largest and most hardworking internal organs that never complain until it’s too late. It plays a very important role in metabolism, digestion, detoxification and elimination of various harmful substances from the body. Modern lifestyle and complexity of food preservative, designer drugs, exotic beverage, extreme diet and fabulous food have also sent shocking and exciting task for the liver to overcome. It carries out over 1,500 complex biochemical functions that are critical for our overall health.
However, liver cancer is often not discovered early because there are seldom any signs or symptoms. It is hard for doctors to feel for lumps on the liver because of where it is located, under the rib cage. Also, many types of liver cancer grow very quickly. For all of these reasons, it is hard to discover liver cancer early. Therefore, a balanced eating habit and healthy living lifestyle are very important to those who want to protect their livers from damage, because prevention is better than cure.
What is Milk Thistle?
For over two thousand years, Europeans have used Milk Thistle seeds as an herbal treatment for liver disorders. Many professional herbalists recommend Milk Thistle extract for prevention and improvement of various liver ailments, including viral hepatitis, fatty liver associated with long-term alcohol use, and liver damage from drugs, industrial toxins and other hazardous elements.
Milk Thistle fruits contain active constituents: silybinin, silychristin and silydianin, known collectively as Silymarin, which is described as “liver protector”. Most experts believe that Milk Thistle is effective because of its very potent antioxidant composition. Silymarin is considered to be 10 times more powerful than vitamin E. It scavenges free radicals that are damaging to the body. Effectively, Milk Thistle extract should contain at least 80% Silymarin to be beneficial for healthy liver maintenance. You are advice to choose milk thistle supplement in capsule form, which can be easily absorb as compared tablet.
As nations prosper, environmental pollution is unavoidable and the people’s health is at stake. However as we progress with high technology living lifestyle, we should not forget one of the most important God given organ—our liver, whether is it under-nourished? Therefore, take care your liver before it is too late!
Benefits of Milk Thistle
• Helps the liver maintain its normal function.
• Inhibits negative factors that are responsible for liver damage, such as alcohol, chemical compound, environmental and others toxins, by strengthening the outer membrane of the liver, thus protecting it from further damage.
• Increases liver glutathione levels (which bind drugs and chemical elements) that act as a detoxifying agent.
• Stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged cells.
Conclusion, Milk Thistle can be taken as a preventive measure for healthy liver function and rejuvenation. It is highly recommended for people who are: occupationally under stress; people who often sleep late, causing liver to increase work load; recreational drugs, prescription medications; eating chemically processed food and those who are regularly exposed to pesticides, environmental toxins and pollution.
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