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Want To Live Longer? #16 Silymarin Is Inside The Seed And It Displaces The Toxins
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Want To Live Longer? #16 Silymarin Is Inside The Seed And It Displaces The Toxins

Here is an herb you might have even heard of, called milk thistle.

Aha, I knew you had heard of it, and some of you have even been using it. I am so proud to know that you are taking better care of your liver.

For those of you who need to take herbs for your liver, there are many different herbs used by many different societies, and this is the one we are the most familiar with here in the United States.

India has gone a different route with herbs they are more familiar with, and we will cover their herbs in another article.

16. Milk thistle is an herb used to detoxify, or cleanse, and protect your liver.

The main active compound in the seeds of the milk thistle is silymarin.

Silymarin counteracts the toxic effects of many different poisons. It does this by displacing the toxins that are bound to the liver so that the liver can regenerate at a quicker speed.

It restores glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant in the liver. Glutathione helps the liver detoxify.

This herb has been in use safely for centuries, by many civilizations as medicine.

I am pretty sure that it was milk thistle that grew wild, and everywhere, as a "weed" in the neighborhood that I grew up in. My father was building new homes and creating a residential neighborhood so there was plenty of dirt and wild plants growing.

Milk thistle's silymarin is a strong protector of the liver and has uses for many health conditions.

1. Jaundice

2. Psoriasis

3. Varicose veins

4. Degenerative disorders of blood vessels

5. Degenerative disorders of the liver

6. Hepatitis

7. Viral hepatitis

8. Free radical protection

9. Mushroom poisoning

10. Cirrhosis

11. Hemorrhoids

12. Chemotherapy

13. Acne

14. Crohn's Disease

15. Gallstones

16. High cholesterol

17. Cancer

18. Diabetes

19. Ovarian cysts

20. Parkinsons Disease

21. Alcoholism

22. Seizures

23. IBS

24. Atherosclerosis

25. Infection

26. Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, prostate and cervical cancers

27. Opiate withdrawal

Silymarin

It is a bioflavanoid and a powerful antioxidant.

It is an incredible compound that enhances detoxification pathways and stimulates liver tissue generation.

It works by two modes of action:

1. It alters the structure of the liver cell outer membrane in such a way that it keeps the toxin from getting into the liver cell.

2. It stimulates the action of an enzyme that results in an increase in a protein that stimulates the regeneration of the liver's ability to form new liver cells.

Glutathione

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant inside the liver that aids in detoxification and it is regenerated, or restored, by silymarin.

Benefits

Milk thistle has been used to help stabilize blood sugars, reduce intestinal inflammation, regulate the digestion of fats, to alter bile makeup thereby reducing the risk of gallstones, and for healthy elimination and digestion.

Milk thistle, or silymarin, protects the liver which can be helpful for people who are exposed to fumes, metals or aromatic hydrocarbons like solvents, and chemicals, drugs, and alcohol, and then stimulates the liver's regeneration.

It also makes a great tea, salad green or cooked vegetable.

Mushroom Poisoning

Silymarin is mainly known for its ability to prevent severe liver damage from ingesting the poisonous mushrooms Amanita phalloides or 'death cap' mushrooms, which can cause death.

Medications and Herbs

Herbs can be useful in many ways for your health and they must be treated with respect. Most of the medicines we have today are created in the lab to be the potent, exact same thing as an herb, vitamin or some kind of compound found in nature.

There are many complications between different medicines and different herbs as well.

One must be very sure what one is doing in order to know what herb to take.

When you are taking medications you should first ask your doctor if what herb you would like to take is okay with your medication.

Actually the person to ask is your pharmacist, because he is the one trained in the millions of compounds that are put together to make medications. And there is an herb resource guide at most pharmacies online.

This may be hard to believe but when I was ill I had a doctor prescribe a medication for me that I was allergic to and my pharmacist would not fill the prescription. So I called the doctor and told him and he was persistent. Finally the pharmacist had to call the doctor and tell him that he would not fill it and that the doctor had to prescribe another medication for me.

Results

Maybe you have had this same thing happen to you with your doctor. Because I am allergic to most medications I have had this happen to me many times. When it comes to my prescriptions they normally have to get creative.

So I am very careful what herbs I take and I start with small portions at first just to be certain that there will be no side effects for me.

You can browse information on herbs and see what might be helpful to your health and in the meantime you will learn about health.


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I cannot get into my articles on here anymore....they logged me in as sisterkaite1 with no articles...help me please

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  about 9 years ago

I do learn about health from your articles! Thank you. Good job. Liver seems to be quite a busy spot;)

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  about 9 years ago

Hi Cynthia......I am so glad you are learning....anything I can do to help is what I like to do....and yes the liver is quite a busy place ....thank you again.....k

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  about 9 years ago

i like your article Sister Kaite. i urge you to continue educating us on the alternative remedies and we shall together qualify ourselves as the only doctors who have the cure for all chronic diseases in the world. i am eagerly waiting for that time to come. i wholly support you in everything you are doing in this area because you support what i believe in. thank you very much

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  about 9 years ago

HoGeoffrey......You are right Geoffrey...I do support you also....thanks for supporting me.....k

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you for this article, Sister Kaite. This plant produces a lovely flower; I think we have many of them near our house. Thanks for what you encourage:)

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks Penny, yes it does. i think I remember seeing it as a child out in the neighborhood that wasn't even built yet...just out in the dirt.

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  about 1 decade ago

Nature seems to take care of us if we just look for it I guess....keep em coming....you will get us healthy sooner or later....now we have no excuses...lol...thanks Sister Katie...

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the comment Tim...and I just keep working on it...I am glad you are reading them....thanks again

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I've taken milk thistle by itself and in combination with other things. I know it's great for the liver, but I didn't know all the things it is good for. Also didn't know you can eat it. What does it taste like? My grandmother used to put purslane in the salad. I thought it was delicious and it grows everywhere. Found out it is loaded with C and Omega-3 fatty acids. It's fun to eat the herbs that grow wild. Dandelion is good in the salad, also good for liver. What other wild herbs am I missing? Another great article. Thanks Kaite. What do you know about quercetin? My holistic doctor has me on large doses of it for its antioxidant powers.

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  about 1 decade ago

Hi Joan...thanks for the comment again...you are so sweet...I do not know what Milk thistle tastes like ...I take mine in a capsule...But you could try a tea....Quercetin belongs to a class of water-soluble plant pigments called bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are an important class of nutrients that work with Vitamin C to help fight free radicals and are intended to provide nutritive support for healthy vein and capillary structures....it provides cardiovascular protection by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol..... Quercetin is one half of the rutin molecule, another flavonol, and is the more active antioxidant....and it also supports healthy histamine levels and balanced immune function......it can be found in high concentrations in red wine, onions and green tea....have I helped you understand what he is giving it to you for? I do not know your health problems but some of this may have helped...BTW...if it were me I would not take anything any doctor gives me unless he tells me what it is and what it is supposed to do for me.....They are not Gods and they can screw up as they do with me routinely....I am so glad to hear you have a Holistic doctor..You are on the right track...good for you...and thanks again for the nice words...U cannot screw up with a doctor giving you bioflavanoids...I like your doctor......

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Thank you Kaite. I've been seeing holistic doctors for years. Don't worry, I challenge them regularly. As far as the allopathic physicians are concerned, I question everything they say and do not take their drugs, nor their advice unless it makes sense to me. The M.D. after the name doesn't impress me unless the doctor is great. Have lost too many beloved family members to misinformation and errors coming from the medical profession. Don't mean to be disrespectful, but my tolerance is at an end. The quercetin was prescribed to increase immune function. I have read that it is an important antioxidant to inhibit tumor growth, in fact, one of the most powerful. I'm also on C drips and other alternative substances for treatment of cancer, and doing quite well. Sure beats the traditional path. I'm studying, learning as much as I can in order to at least inspire other people through example. It's upsetting to observe things going on in traditional medicine when you know they are wrong. When it comes to diagnosing an illness and mending broken bodies, I know they are awesome. I always look forward to reading your articles.

  
  about 1 decade ago

Joan you really should take the Salvestrols as a preventative if you are trying to prevent it or it coming back...pretty cheap too...we do not want to lose you.....i can not say enough about the preventative approach and especially with the Salvestrols...but i will not preach to you...I am sure you have checked them out by now with all my rambling about them...good luck Joan

  
  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I have checked them out Kaite. I'm taking B17, and read that Salvestrols are not used with B17. It just diminishes their effectiveness. I'm going to run it by my doctor at my next appointment in a couple days. Certainly want to use everything that works. I have no intentions of letting you lose me, so hang on tight.

  
  about 1 decade ago

your knowledge is incredible!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thank you Shawn...i did spend seven years in University....But I have been on thos route for years as I am allergic to most medications....Sp in those seven years in school i made my own notes in all those books as well...thanks for reading

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  about 1 decade ago

Great info, and have been taking it for years...great article...

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  about 1 decade ago

I am glad to hear you are taking it....I do hope you are taking vitamins without binders....the binder stuff is crap and will ruin your liver and kidneys eventually...I recommend these days, Garden of Life as a main source of vitamins because they are organic and I like their raw food...products too....

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  about 1 decade ago

Where has this plant been all my life. Thanks for sharing this is very helpful information. G+'d

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  about 1 decade ago

You are so very welcome.....thanks for the great comment...i truly appreciate it

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  about 1 decade ago

Sounds like you had tons of herbs where you grew up! I have to say I have never used herbs much, but am beginning to see the value in them. Thanks for opening an ole cowboy's eyes to some great information!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks you ole cowboy....you probably have some of this growing wild if you live in the country....My sister did a natural foods thing many many years ago but she can go out in the woods and eat from what is growing there....It does help to know what is poison and such too.....thanks for the good comment.....

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  about 1 decade ago

I learned about a lot of plants, when we took a wilderness survival 50 mile hike. I was a 12 year old kid and it was as a boy scout. We took no food with us! That was scary! Glad we had a great and informed Scoutmaster! LOL

  
  about 1 decade ago

what a great thing to do...50 mile hike.....how long did it take you all?

  
  about 1 decade ago

Was a week long high adventure into the Cascade Mountains in WA state. We hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, 26 miles in and back! Loads of fun and learning on that trip!

  
  about 1 decade ago

wow what a fun time....no I was never allowed to go into the woods where I lived because my mother got poison ivy really really bad...if she walked by it she swelled up.....But of course I went and did not tell her...My bad...sorry mom

  
  about 1 decade ago
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