More about the liver
The liver is the second largest organ in the human body. It performs a large number of functions that are essential to the health of all body systems.
The liver aids in metabolism and digestion, and is a major detoxifying organ, breaking down and neutralizing harmful toxic substances. The liver plays a role in the production of blood-clotting substances and produces much of the body's cholesterol, which is required for the synthesis of hormones and the maintenance of healthy cell membranes. The liver also aids in controlling blood sugar levels by releasing stored glucose when blood sugar levels fall too low.
This vital organ is susceptible to many diseases and conditions that can impair liver function, some of which include cirrhosis, hepatitis, and cancer. Some causes of liver damage and disease include alcohol, environmental pollutants, medications, and viral infections.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) herb is well-known for its liver-supporting effects. Milk thistle seed contains a phytochemical known as silymarin, which, when ingested, concentrates in liver cells. Silymarin acts as a potent antioxidant and has been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver cells. Silymarin increases glutathione production in the liver.
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