Why should we protect liver?
Liver is very important organs – making bile, glycogen storage, regulate the metabolism of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, as well as hemopoiesis and blood coagulation function, at the same time, the liver is the body’s largest detoxification organ, the body waste, intake of toxic and caustic drug also must rely on the liver detoxify function. Above all we can see how important the liver is to the human body. What should we do to protect liver in the daily life seems become a big deal. Apart from paying attention to our daily diet, what other health foods can we use to help protect our liver?
Milk thistle has been used in the west for more than 2000 years, and then introduced to China less than 50 years ago.About in the early 20th century, German mushroom workers found a kind of antidote to the poison of the herb – silynum marianum, its branches will flow out of the white bitter juice like milk, which is the origin of the name – Milk Thistle. Milk thistle or bitter thistle, also known as water fly pheasant, mouse butterfly, for the compound plant Silythistle genus. The edition of the Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2005 version has included the milk thistle belongs to the traditional Chinese medicine and mentioned by “liver meridian, gallbladder meridian”, “clearing away heat and toxic material, good for liver and gallbladder”.
Consider of the high nutritional value of Milk Thistle, many scientists have conducted in-depth research and exploration on it. In the early 1960s, German scientists extracted the effective ingredient silymarin from milk thistle, which is a complex mixture of flavonoid lignans containing silymarin, sub-silymarin, isosilymarin, with the purify procedure, starting the prelude of modern medical methods to study silymarin. According to studies, Milk Thistle has the function of promoting liver cell repair and regeneration, anti-liver fibrosis, and assisting to improve liver function. At present, clinical evidence has proved that Milk Thistle has significant effects on liver injury and hepatotoxicity.