Out of all our organs, the most easily overlooked organ is our liver. While it’s easy to exercise for our hearts and lungs, stay hydrated for our kidneys, and eat fiber for our intestinal system, what do we do for the liver?
The liver works constantly to help process everything that we take into our bodies. Everything from foods to medicines to caffeine to the vitamins and supplements we take to keep ourselves healthy requires action on the liver’s part in order to metabolize and process. There aren’t many direct ways to take care of your liver other than trying to reduce its load by taking breaks from substances, fats, and alcohols; but a great way to protect it is through antioxidants, and a supplement called Milk Thistle.
Milk Thistle gives you a two-for-one benefit because it is an extract of a plant’s seeds (Silybum Marianum) which acts as an antioxidant to the cells of the liver, specifically. As an antioxidant, it reduces the oxidative damage to cells and helps keep liver cells from dying prematurely because of oxidative damage.
The benefits of Milk Thistle supplements go one step further by helping reduce elevated liver enzymes which are caused by liver damage. At a microscopic level, Milk Thistle even improves the health of the cell directly. Milk Thistle can be used for repairing damage caused by long-term damage or by acute damage, and it has even been used to successfully detoxify the body from accidental poisonings from toxic mushrooms!
The best form of Milk Thistle supplements is in a standardized extract. You’ll want to make sure that the supplement you choose is standardized to the amount of the active ingredient, called Silymarin. At Pure Nootropics, the Milk Thistle Seed Extract capsules have been standardized to include 80% of this powerful active constituent.