Perfect Supplements recently teamed up with Naturopath and Liver Detox Expert Erica LePore. With our combined research and experience, we created Perfect Liver Detox. This supplement contains milk thistle, among other natural liver detoxifying herbs. We went directly to Dr. LePore to learn more about the health benefits of milk thistle and to learn why milk thistle is such a superstar when it comes to detoxifying your liver.
What is Milk Thistle?
Milk thistle is a European thistle with a single purple flower and shiny leaves. It now grows in North America and used in herbal medicine. It is believed that milk thistle has been used to benefit the liver for over 2000 years. Recent scientific research now confirms milk thistle’s beneficial properties.
The Health Benefits of Milk Thistle:
• Protects the Liver from Toxin Overload
• Enhances Liver Function
• Stimulates Phase 2 Liver Detoxification Pathways
• Supports the Liver Secondary to Alcohol Abuse or Hepatitis
• Contains Powerful Antioxidants
• Reduces Risk of Gallstones
• Promotes Healthy Skin
• Promotes Healthy Cholesterol Levels
• Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar Levels and Body Mass Index in Type 2 Diabetics
What Does Phase 2 Liver Detoxification Mean?
Phase 2 of liver detoxification occurs when the liver cells add another substance to the toxic chemical to make it more water-soluble. Once bound, the toxin is water-soluble and can be excreted from the body in watery body fluids such as urine and bile. If it is a large molecule, it is excreted into the bile and released into the stool for elimination. If it is a smaller molecule, it is excreted through the kidneys into the urine for elimination.
Not All Milk Thistle is Created Equal
According to Dr. LePore; “The milk thistle in Perfect Liver Detox Support is of the highest quality and has been extensively tested for contaminants and potency. It contains 80% silymarin yielding all 6 of its isomers by HPLC : silibinin A, silibinin B, isosilibinin A, isosilibinin B, silidianin, and silicristin. Silibinin is the most active of these subparts, and is largely responsible for the benefits attributed to silymarin. 75% of the silymarin content of the milk thistle in this product is silibinin (A and B).