Milk Thistle Protects Against Toxicity, Cancer
Used for nearly 2,000 years as a natural herbal remedy for various ailments, including those related to the liver and kidneys, milk thistle protects against toxicity and is underrated as a natural remedy. The plant is well-known for its abilities to promote liver health by strengthening liver cell membranes and helping the organ to flush out toxins, but it seems that it seems that one of it’s amazing beneficial properties is going a bit unrecognized – milk thistle’s ability to fight and prevent cancer.
Milk Thistle Protects Against Chemo’s Toxic Effects, Acts as a Cancer Remedy
In 2007, research published in Integrative Cancer Therapies reviewed numerous clinical studies suggesting milk thistle’s positive effects on cancer. After examination and according to the abstract: “there is strong preclinical evidence for silymarin’s hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic effects, including inhibition of cancer cell growth in human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells”. But even as a “promising” remedy for cancer, this is not, as of now, where the bulk of milk thistle’s positive attributes come in.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states:
“Early laboratory studies also suggest that silymarin and other active substances in milk thistle may have anticancer effects. These substances appear to stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, shorten their lifespan, and reduce blood supply to tumors.”
In addition to protecting against cancer, milk thistle is well known among the science community to be able to protect the liver and kidneys from the ill effects of chemotherapy. The active substance in milk thistle, silymarin, which is a mixture of flavanoid compounds, is what’s known for this granted protection. The plant is able to reduce liver enzyme levels, help to reduce inflammation, and assists in modulating T-cells.
Adding Milk Thistle to the Natural Remedies List
If you follow natural health you are likely aware that milk thistle is far from the only plant or food that has been found to possess anti-cancer properties. Grape seed extract has been shown to essentially outperform chemotherapy in destroying and inhibiting the growth of colorectal cancer cells. Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center report that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping the growth. Further, GSE attacks cancer cells while leaving healthy cells untouched – unlike many mainstream cancer treatments.
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