3 Ways Milk Thistle's Antioxidant Actions Help Protect The Liver From Toxins
From air pollution and heavy metals to beauty products and food additives, we come into contact with countless environmental toxins each day. And while the word detox might bring to mind crash diets, the body is detoxing itself all the time.
As the primary detox organ, the liver has the critical job of filtering these unwanted compounds and preparing them for elimination. So, making sure the liver is functioning optimally is key to holistically supporting the body's natural detox pathways.
And when faced with an onslaught of pollutants, the liver can become taxed. Luckily, there's something that can help: Enter milk thistle. The potent herb can help protect, support, and even rejuvenate the liver so it can filter and remove unwanted toxins with ease.*
How milk thistle supports liver health
It promotes detoxification
Milk thistle helps support the body's natural detoxification pathways by promoting phase I liver detoxification. Specifically, the herb neutralizes free radicals that are produced as a natural byproduct when the liver breaks down unwanted compounds.*
It acts like a toxin-blocking agent
According to a Phytocology Research review, silymarin also helps support the liver by inhibiting toxins from binding to liver cell membrane receptors. In addition to its toxin-blocking actions, milk thistle also helps regulate and buffer liver enzymes to support detox pathways.* (A win-win for the never-ending fight against modern toxins!)
It helps protect & restore liver cells
Finally, milk thistle not only protects liver cells (e.g., by helping to block toxins and supporting overall detoxification) but also helps restore liver cells that have been affected by ongoing toxin exposure.*
By blocking unwanted compounds, supporting their elimination, or rejuvenating liver cells after an increased burden of toxins, milk thistle supports the liver through every step of the detoxification process.*
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.