The modern liver faces a situation never before encountered in the history of the human species: an intensely toxic environment.
Daily exposure estimates range anywhere from 700,000 to 2.1 million different toxins every single day.
Most of these are man-made chemicals, substances our bodies never encountered in our entire evolutionary history.
And it’s up to the liver to keep you safe in this toxic flood.
The liver is the largest organ in the body. It has over 500 biological functions, ranging from processing fat to hormone regulation.
And one of the most important is detoxification.
The liver does this through a complex system of powerful enzymes, antioxidants, and biochemical sorting. Once toxins are isolated and neutralized, it shunts them for safe elimination through the bowel.
Unfortunately, the liver does not have unlimited capacity. When the liver is overwhelmed by environmental toxins they accumulate in your tissues.
Depending on the nature of the toxin, it can get stuck in your liver, stored in fat, or continue circulating in your blood where it damages organs or becomes lodged in your bones, brain, or lymph.
Your liver needs a little extra help to keep up with the ever-increasing toxic load. One of the best herbs on the planet to give your liver a boost is a prickly purple flower called Milk Thistle.
Evidence for the medicinal use of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) goes back at least 2500 years to the time of the Ancient Greeks where it was used to treat liver, gallbladder and kidney diseases.
This little plant is a powerhouse of liver boosting phytonutrients, antioxidants, and flavonolignans with anticancer properties.
But what gets the most attention is a remarkable compound called silymarin.
This little compound is profoundly hepatoprotective (meaning: protects the liver).
It does this through 4 primary effects:
While the main action happens in the liver, the compounds in milk thistle have many other beneficial effects on the rest of the body.
Cancer - Milk thistle has notable anti-cancer properties and has proven to be effective in many forms of cancer, including: liver, prostate, colon, skin, cervical, and breast cancer .
Kidneys - The kidneys are another major detox organ, filtering out toxins in the blood and eliminating them through the urine. The effects of milk thistle in the kidneys closely mirror those of the liver and shows promise of regenerating damaged kidney tissue. 
Gallbladder - The liver and the gallbladder work together to produce and release bile into the stomach. The protective effects of silymarin also support gallbladder by keeping the bile ducts clean and . 
Inflammation and Acne - Milk thistle contains potent flavonolignans that suppress the release of inflammatory cytokines––the molecular alarm signals that trigger inflammation. By reducing the inflammatory signal, health conditions caused by inflammation, like acne, improve. One study of milk thistle showed a 53% reduction in acne lesions. 
In our age of overwhelming environmental toxicity––toxic food, toxic air, and toxic water––it is more important than ever to support your body’s detox system.
Because the liver is your primary detox organ, supporting it with milk thistle is one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your health.
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