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Glutathione is known as the Master of Antioxidants. Considered the Super Hero of Antioxidants it also functions as an immune booster and a detoxifyer. Milk thistle and centella have shown to raise cellular glutathione levels says Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci. “The combination of both increases the glutathione levels within the cell 2-300% within 20-30 minutes.”

Pubmed said in 2005, “Extracts from the seeds of milk thistle, Silybum marianum, are known commonly as silibinin and silymarin and possess anticancer actions on human prostate carcinoma in vitro and in vivo.” They go on to say, “Silybin A and silybin B are among these compounds.”

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Previously in 2002, Pubmed posted silybin, “Has been used to treat liver diseases for hundreds of years.”

In March of 2014 they posted the compound in milk thistle, “Enhances hepatic glutathione and may contribute to the antioxidant defense of the liver.” They further said the compound, “Caused a slight increase in the survival of patients with cirrhotic alcoholism.”

Dr. David Cass, MD, director of Yale University’s Prevention Resource Center says the body makes glutathione, it’s going on all the time. If  you suffer from a serious disease it may be an indication that your glutathione levels are depleted.

As an antioxidant manufactured by the body it’s eating up bad cells all the time. If it’s not functioning properly it means bad cells can scoot off into the body unmonitored.

If you don’t feel well while taking glutathione it is often a sign that your body isn’t oxidizing. Suzi Cohen, pharmacist, covers this topic in her book Drug Muggers. She says, “Drugs have an intended effect in the body, but in the process of helping you they can sometimes put your body in a dangerous state by slowly depleting you of the very nutrients you need to maintain your health and to help you heal.”

Glutathione works as a natural chelator binding to heavy metals and eliminating them from the body. It aids in protection against leaky gut and assists with chemical intolerance.

Terry Willard, ClH, PhD says, “Milk thistle has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, antibacterial, and anticancer properties. It lowers cholesterol and arteriosclerosis, reduces metabolic syndrome (syndrome X) and insulin resistance, protects the kidneys, and reduces heavy metal toxicity.”

Nicholas Culpeper, and herbalist from England in the early 1600s, documented milk thistle as treatment for liver and spleen obstruction.

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Dr. Edward Bach, a British homeopathic physician from the late 1800s reported countless cases of healing through flower essences, including thistle. His findings are well documented in The Encyclopedia of Bach Flower Therapy where thistle is explained to soften a confrontational personality by healing the liver.

Today Dr. Jennifer Fry, a veterinarian, says, “Milk thistle is used for protecting the liver from toxins via its antioxidant properties as well as for building liver health by regenerating healthy cells and repair old damage. It also helps combat inflammation of the bile ducts and fatty infiltration of the liver.”

Patricia Kaminski lays out the protocol to make flower essences in her book Flowers That Heal: How To Use Flower Essences . Making your own flower essence from thistle is literally as easy as snipping the heads, floating them in spring water in the sun then cutting them with alcohol. Kaminski and her husband own a flower essence company named Flower Essence Society where they focus on healing powers of flower essences.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988

Other sources:

http://www.alive.com/articles/view/22342/milk_thistle

http://books.google.com/books?id=FSZSDls6i8cC&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=Edward+Bach,+thistle&source=bl&ots=QxrfXKazd9&sig=QCoKnaGkZ0iMALB6S0Tf5k6BUpk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xtCyU_LEM-bl8AHn94GIDA&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Edward%20Bach%2C%20thistle&f=false

http://www.drfry.biz/whats_new_2.html

http://www.edwardbach.org/Library/LifeForces/Chapter10.htm

http://www.edwardbach.org/Library/LifeForces/Chapter11.htm

http://www.flowersociety.org/form_and_function.htm

http://www.glutathionemasterofantioxidants.com/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23801821

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