Posted by Nicole on February 25, 2014

Even the healthiest diet will come across certain ingredients or substances which are toxic. All meat, to some extent, contains toxins. Organic foods can contain toxins. Even the air that we breathe and the water that we drink will have some, although often miniscule, amount of toxic chemicals. While we may not notice these toxins throughout our daily lives, they can accumulate within the body. Our liver is part of our bodies' detox engine, which helps to protect other organs and keep them free and clear of the toxins we're exposed to. The more that we care for our livers, the better our overall health will be.

And this is where alcohol enters the picture; when we drink, we tend to compromise our liver's ability to do its job. It's not the only culprit, however. There are ways to help to protect and reinforce your liver's functions, however, and one of those solutions is a simple extract called Milk Thistle.

Taking Silymarin Seriously

The power behind milk thistle's detoxing abilities comes from an active component called silymarin, which helps to protect the liver and support its function. It helps to both defend the liver, and to improve its detoxing capabilities to take on larger workloads when necessary. This includes those all-nighters when you're out with a group of friends.

Some of the benefits of milk thistle include:

  • Regeneration of cells within the liver, which can help to combat stress brought on by the above-mentioned causes.

  • Support of the liver's healthy function.

The plant itself grows small seed-like fruits, which is where the extract is found. People have used milk thistle since Biblical times to promote a stronger liver function. This “wonder herb” has actually become something of a workhorse. 

The Final Verdict

While milk thistle is a proven performer for liver function, it's no replacement for sensible drinking and moderation of fatty foods. When taken in combination with the right diet, proper exercise, and smart drinking habits, it can work hard to protect your liver from impaired function, which can include helping you to resist hangover symptoms. Much like any supplement, milk thistle should be taken regularly with food so that you can get the most from taking it.

As always, it's always best to check with your doctor before you start taking milk thistle as well. It's always better to play it safe with your health.