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Martina Feichter

Martina Feichter studied biology in Innsbruck with an optional subject in pharmacy and also immersed herself in the world of medicinal plants. From there it was not far to other medical topics that still captivate her today. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has been working for lifelikeinc.com since 2007 - first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance author.

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The Milk thistle Contains active ingredients that have hepatoprotective and regenerating properties. Thus, the milk thistle can prevent and alleviate liver damage caused by diseases or poisoning. Read more about the milk thistle effect and application!

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What healing power is in the milk thistle?

Extracts from the milk thistle fruits are known for their hepatoprotective and regenerating action. They contain as the main active ingredient silymarin (a mixture of different flavonolignans), as well as fatty oil and a lot of protein. On the one hand, the beneficial effect on the liver is based on the fact that milk thistle extracts stabilize the cell membranes and thus prevent cell toxins such as alcohol from penetrating into the liver cells or displacing them.

In addition, silymarin can intercept cell-damaging free radicals (aggressive oxygen compounds), stimulate protein synthesis and thereby promote the ability of liver cells to regenerate.

Because of these effects, standardized preparations of milk thistle fruits are used for toxic liver damage (such as alcohol or fungal toxins) and for supportive treatment of chronic inflammatory liver diseases (such as hepatitis) and cirrhosis.

Traditionally, the milk thistle fruits are used in powder form and other preparations for the symptomatic treatment of indigestion (such as bloating, flatulence).

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How is the milk thistle used?

The hepatoprotective and regenerating action is not due to the milk thistle oil but to the silymarin in the fruits of the plant. But really effective as a liver protection agent are only finished medicinal products with a milk thistle extract, which has a very high content of silymarin. Such preparations can help even with a life-threatening poisoning with the green tuberous mushroom - the patients receive for this special Silymarin infusions.

A milk thistle tea (from the dried fruits) provides too little silymarin and therefore has no hepatoprotective effect. But it can relieve discomfort caused by a disturbed bile flow in the liver. Bloating, flatulence, heartburn or other digestive problems improve.

For tea preparation, one teaspoon each of fennel and milk thistle fruits are crushed in a mortar and doused with one-eighth liter of hot water. Allow the infusion to cover covered for ten minutes and then strain the plant parts. You can drink a cup after a meal. The addition of fennel is recommended because the pure milk thistle tea tastes quite greasy.

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