Hardly any other organ in the human body performs so many vital functions like the liver. It’s working to capacity 24/7 and is the weakest link in a chain of factors that is responsible for optimal performance for many top athletes.
The detoxification of the body is certainly among the most important functions of the liver. 1.5 liter blood that’s the amount of our bodily fluid the liver filters every minute! During this process it removes toxic or otherwise harmful substances that have either entered the body from outside or have been produced endogenously, in the course of various metabolic processes. Factors that may contribute to an exuberant load of toxins on the liver are environmental pollutants, medications, performance enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids, alcohol and fatty foods, as well as an overall unhealthy diet.
Despite the fact that the liver is a very efficient and resilient organ that can handle strains like this pretty well, there is a certain threshold after which the free radicals which arise during the detoxification process begin to accumulate in the liver. These highly reactive aggressive molecules can compromise the structural integrity of the hepatic cell membranes and can therefore damage the liver. The habitual consumption of higher amounts of alcohol or the use of prohormones and anabolic steroids are probably the most likely, but by no means the only reasons for beginning liver failure.
Since the liver does not have any pain receptors, damage to the liver is often only detected in the end stages, when it is usually already too late and there is nothing left that could be done to rescue the organ. There are, however, a couple of subtle warning signs that can be indicative of (beginning) liver congestion; Weariness, for example, or compromised mental and physical performance, also constant tiredness, the inability to focus on the task at hand, and lastly, feeling full or bloated, the loss / lack of appetite, nausea and a plethora of digestive problems.
If you take a look at the items on the list of symptoms you can already conjecture that the liver does much more than just detoxify your body. Notably, it is also involved in protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism and controls the release and metabolism of minerals, vitamins and hormones. In addition, it has to pre-process numerous substances from our diets before our body can assimilate, use and metabolize them.
It stands to reason that all these functions are of paramount importance for both, your health and athletic performance. If the liver is overwhelmed by toxins, or even damaged, it won’t be able to fulfill all its duties and your performance and well-being will be compromised. Or, to put it differently, a healthy and fully functional liver is a prerequisite for optimal performance and well-being.
By which mechanisms can milk thistle extract and silymarin support optimal liver function and regeneration?
The fruits of milk thistle contain 1.5-3.0% silymarin. Silymarin is an umbrella term for a matrix of bioactive flavonoids which comprises silybinin (a mixture of silybin A and silybin B), isosilybinin (a mixture of isosilybin A and isosilybin B), silychristin and silydianin. These flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, revitalizing and protective effects on the cells in liver and act as natural antioxidants which have the ability to neutralize the free radicals.
Silymarin has a long history of being used to support and treat various liver diseases, inflammation, cirrhosis and toxicities (brought about by alcohol, environmental toxins or medications such as anabolic steroids). It does so by protecting the cells from damage and increasing their ability to regenerate. Silymarin will thus facilitate and speed up the self-healing process in the liver.
There are in fact several hundred scientific studies that show that silymarin taken in dosages between 140mg and 420mg per day will support liver function and improve liver function readings, specifically GOT, GPT, AP and bilirubin. In addition, silymarin has been shown to reduce cholesterol and improve protein synthesis. In subjects whose liver had been damaged due to the abuse of alcohol, drugs or medications scientists observed significant improvements in the activity of the liver cells and a corresponding reduction in symptoms after two months, already.
Silymarin stabilizes the cell membranes of the liver cells. This will make them more resilient to the negative side effects of the constant exposure to the toxic substances the liver is meant to clear out of the system. This effect is corroborated by the potent antioxidant activity of the silymarin molecules and their ability to quench the free radicals that arise in the course of the detoxification processes.
In addition, silymarin increases the polymerase I activity which is required for the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, which are necessary for the optimal function of the liver cells. And as if that was not already enough, silymarin will also improve the blood circulation in the liver and decrease the liver’s susceptibility to the negative side effects of viral infections.
Scavenges free radicals -> Forestalls the damage of cell membranes
Stabilizes the cell membrane -> Keeps toxic substances from entering the cells
Due to the ever-increasing amount of environmental pollutants and the prevalence of an unhealthy lifestyle, regular alcohol consumption and the indulgence of fatty foods, you will be hard pressed to find someone who would not benefit from taking a supplement like Milk Thistle 300. After all, it was specifically formulated to help your liver to cope with those daily stressors, keep it functional and promote its regeneration.
The use of Milk Thistle 300 is yet particularly indicated for everyone who knows that his or her regular consumption of alcohol and/or the use of prohormones or anabolic steroids put a constant strain on his liver. The same is true for athletes and bodybuilders who use other supplements to improve their physical performance, because many of these substances tend to increase the toxic burden on the liver, as well.
GN laboratories Milk Thistle 300 contains 300 mg milk thistle extract that has been standardized to 80% silymarin. Most of the competitive products, on the other hand, contain at best 150 mg per serving - often with a much lower silymarin content, which is sometimes not even standardized. The standardization is however of utmost importance, because the raw material contains only 1.5-3.0% silymarin, in the first place, and there is no way for you to tell how much of it will actually be present in a non-standardized extract.
As with all our products, we use only the highest grade ingredients the market has to offer in GN Laboratories Milk Thistle 300. In combination with our rigorous quality control, which involves testing each and every batch of Milk Thistle 300 in our own laboratory to ensure the purity, quality and, of course, the presence of exactly 80% silymarin in the raw material, we can guarantee the maximal efficiency and safety of our products. This way, we make sure that you always get the very best products your hard-earned money can buy.
As a dietary supplement for adults, take one capsule 1 or 2 times daily after meals.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet. Keep uot of reach of children. A varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are recommended.