Milk thistle is a flowering herb from the Mediterranean that has been used for more than 2,000 years as a natural way to support the liver and gallbladder. Its seeds contain Silymarin, an active antioxidant and bioflavonoid complex, that many believe to be the source of its beneficial effects. Milk thistle extracts support liver & gallbladder function, detoxification, DNA replication, healthy plasma membranes, blood sugar regulation and cholesterol control, and support glutathione levels already in the normal range.
Detoxification in the liver helps to remove food toxins or other impurities from the body. When foreign or microbial substances build up in the body, a healthy liver helps break them down and push them through the bodily detoxification process in bile as waste to eventual elimination through the digestive system or urinary tract. Milk thistle may support cellular membranes and replication of cells involved in this detoxification process.