Considering Cleansing in the New Year?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on December 28, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
After a fun-filled holiday season, a little cleansing is a great idea. Here are some suggestions to get you started!
Milk Thistle is probably recognized as the preeminent “liver remedy.” It’s been used for thousands of years for detoxifying the liver and protecting it against a wide number of toxins. It does this via a large group of compounds collectively referred to as ‘silymarin.’ Silymarin helps protect the liver from damage caused by alcohol, medications, chemicals, byproducts of metabolism, and environmental pollutants, as well as from cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is another term for scarring of the liver and it can result from inflammation of the liver due to infections (such as hepatitis) or toxins, such as chronic alcohol exposure. When cirrhosis occurs, the liver’s functioning cells are replaced by nonfunctional connective tissue (scar tissue), so liver function is impaired. Remarkably, Milk Thistle seed not only helps to repair liver cells but can even help to regenerate new ones!
Another preeminent cleansing remedy is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll, the pigment that imparts the green color to plants, is highly regarded as a ‘blood purifier’ and whole-body cleanser, as well as a natural detoxifier of the intestinal tract. It facilitates the chelation of heavy metals and also has the ability to form tight molecular complexes with carcinogens and, in so doing, block their absorption into the body. In one study, chlorophyll supplementation was found to decrease DNA damage caused by aflatoxin, a carcinogenic liver toxin produced by a fungus in moldy grains and legumes (including peanuts).
Natural Wellbeing offers certified organic Milk Thistle, and Chlorophyll from Mulberry leaf extract. See these links for more information or to order online from Natural Wellbeing!
Milk Thistle: http://bit.ly/Milk-Thistle-Seed-Extract-alcohol-free
We look forward to helping you and your family stay healthy in 2013!
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan