Milk Thistle - Ostropest Plamisty

Milk Thistle - Ostropest Plamisty

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Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is unique in its ability to protect the liver and has no equivalent in the pharmaceutical drug world. In fact, in cases of poisoning with Amanita mushrooms, which destroy the liver, milk thistle is the only treatment option. It has been so dramatically effective that the treatment has never been disputed, even by the traditional medical community.This species is an annual or biennial plant of the Asteraceae family.

Milk thistle acts in a similar fashion to detoxify other synthetic chemicals that find their way into our bodies, from acetaminophen and alcohol to heavy metals and radiation.

Milk thistle was approved in 1986 as a treatment for liver disease and it is widely used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. It has also been shown to protect the liver against medications such as acetaminophen, a non-aspirin pain reliever.

Repairs cells and encourages cell growth

The active ingredient, or liver-protecting compound in milk thistle is known assilymarin. This substance, which actually consists of a group of compounds called flavonolignans, helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances by stimulating protein synthesis. By changing the outside layer of liver cells, it also prevents certain toxins from getting inside.

Silymarin also seems to encourage liver cell growth. It can reduce inflammation (important for people with liver inflammation or hepatitis), and has potent antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Our Milk Thistle is not standardized to an exact amount (as it is made from pure dried natural herbs. Milk Thistle naturally contains about 70 - 80% Silymarin (and many other constituents thought to work in harmony).

This herb benefits adrenal disorders and inflammatory bowel syndrome, and is used to treat psoriasis (increases bile flow).

Milk thistle has some estrogen-like effects that may stimulate the flow of breast milk in women who are breast-feeding infants. It may also be used to start late menstrual periods. Milk thistle's estrogen-like effect may also have some usefulness for men with prostate cancer.

In animal studies and one small study in humans, milk thistle produced modest reductions in total cholesterol. However, these results have not been demonstrated in larger human studies.

This herb is a must for cleansing and for anyone with any sort of liver dysfunction or exposure to toxins.

Liver disease from alcohol

A comprehensive review by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently identified 16 scientific studies on the use of milk thistle for the treatment of various forms of liver disease. A European standardized extract of milk thistle was used in most of the trials. Problems in study design (such as small numbers of participants, variations in the causes of liver disease, and differences in dosing and duration of milk thistle therapy) made it difficult to draw any definitive conclusions. However, five of seven studies evaluating milk thistle for alcoholic liver disease found significant improvements in liver function. Those with the mildest form of the disease appeared to improve the most. Milk thistle was less effective for those with severe liver disease such as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is characterized by scarring and permanent, non-reversible damage to the liver. It is often referred to as end-stage liver disease.

Despite the fact that milk thistle is widely used in the treatment of hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C), results from four viral hepatitis studies were contradictory. Some found improvements in liver enzyme activity while others failed to detect these benefits. None of the studies compared milk thistle with interferon or other medications for viral hepatitis.

Preliminary laboratory studies also suggest that active substances in milk thistle may have anti-cancer effects. One active substance known as silymarin has strong antioxidant properties and has been shown to inhibit the growth of human prostate, breast, and cervical cancer cells in test tubes. Further studies are needed to determine whether milk thistle is safe or effective for people with these forms of cancer.

One animal study found that silymarin (an active compound in milk thistle) worked as effectively as the cholesterol-lowering drug probucol, with the additional benefit of substantially increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol. Further studies in people are needed.

 Właściwości lecznicze ostropestu plamistego.

Ostropest plamisty to roślina, która chroni wątrobę przed szkodliwym działaniem alkoholu i łagodzi stany zapalne na tle cukrzycowym. Jest stosowana także w leczeniu WZW typu A, B i C czy choroby alkoholowej. Mogą po nią sięgnąć także kobiety zmagające się z endometriozą i przedłużonym miesiączkowaniem. Sprawdź, jakie jeszcze właściwości lecznicze ma ostropest plamisty.

Ostropest plamisty (Silybum marianum) to roślina z rodziny astrowatych, którą ceni się szczególnie za działanie antyhepatotoksyczne. Ostropest zapobiega bowiem uszkodzeniom komórek wątroby, nie dopuszczając do łączenia się toksyn z ich powierzchnią. Ponadto wykazuje działanie cytoprotekcyjne, tzn. łagodzi stres oksydacyjny (przywraca równowagę wewnętrzną organizmu i zapobiega nadmiernemu namnażaniu się wolnych rodników), a także antykancerogenne.

 

Ostropest plamisty swoje właściwości lecznicze zawdzięcza sylimarynie. Jest to kompleks flawonolignanów pochodzenia roślinnego, pozyskiwany z owoców ostropestu. Sylimaryna stabilizuje błony komórkowe hepatocytów wątrobowych, przez co chroni wątrobę przed działaniem związków toksycznych i pobudza jej zdolności regeneracyjne. Ostropest wspiera pracę wątroby i chroni jej komórki przed uszkodzeniami

Wykazuje działanie detoksykujące

Ostropest plamisty jest stosowany po toksyczno-metabolicznych uszkodzeniach wątroby spowodowanych licznymi czynnikami toksycznymi. Chroni miąższ wątroby i nerek przed szkodliwym działaniem trucizn, takich jak mykotoksyna muchomora sromotnikowego, dwusiarczek węgla, pestycydy, alkohol (z tego względu jest stosowany w terapii chorób wątroby wywołanych alkoholizmem), i przyśpiesza ich usuwanie z organizmu.

Ponadto obniża stężenie bilirubiny (ciemnopomarańczowego barwnika, który obecny w nadmiarze powoduje zażółcenie skóry i gałek ocznych) we krwi oraz normalizuje parametry AST, ALT i GGT  (parametry biochemiczne krwi pozwalające na ocenę kondycji wątroby, serca czy mięśni).

Łagodzi także skutki uboczne farmakoterapii: chroni wątrobę przed silnie działającymi lekami, takimi jak cytostatyki, które są stosowane w terapii przeciwnowotworowej, leki przeciwwirusowe w leczeniu AIDS oraz antybiotyki.

Regeneruje wątrobę

Ostropest stymuluje regenerację starych i wytwarzanie nowych komórek wątroby. Zawarta w owocach sylimaryna podnosi poziom glutationu (rodzaj białka) w wątrobie, który będąc silnym przeciwutleniaczem (silniejszym niż wit. C i E) przeciwdziała uszkadzaniu komórek wątroby przez wolne rodniki.