How do we protect our Liver this Diwali?
Diwali is here!! All excited to decorate our house, meet closed ones and enjoy that delicious farsan and sweets!!
But, let’s face it, even after taking utmost care of our health, we tend to overindulge during the festive season. And later, we regret, scratch our head to cleanse our system. The liver is one of the largest organs. It converts our nutrients into substances that the body can use, stores and supplies to the cells when needed. It also takes up all the toxins and converts them into harmless substances or make sure they are released from the body.
That makes the Liver an important organ!
A study conducted on healthy individuals showed that consumption of fast foods twice a day began to show an increase in liver enzymes (serum ALT levels) which can lead to liver damage in just 1 week of time. The studies are also conducted on soft drink consumption and the effect observed was similar to the previous study. Thus, it clearly shows overeating can induce a significant increase in the levels of enzymes ALT in less than four weeks. It’s just not alcohol, but fast food consumption which also affects your liver health.
Milk Thistle can be your answer to those regrets. Distinctive purple flowers and white veins, which traditional stories say were caused by a drop of the Virgin Mary’s milk falling onto its leaves.
This herb has been long studied to effectively cleanse the liver. Its active compound Silymarin plays the role of cleansing the liver which gets overloaded with toxic materials due to pollution, fast foods, oily food, alcohol, smoking, and stress. This way it helps to control our normal metabolism. And if our metabolism is working fine, we need not be worried about any other health issue.
Milk Thistle is regularly used as a complementary therapy by people who have liver damage due to conditions like alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and hepatitis. It is found to be effective in liver problems by creating a detoxifying effect and protecting from the free radicals.
One study compared the effectiveness of silymarin (140mg) against the widely-used liver medications metformin and pioglitazone. Findings showed that participants in the silymarin group had the greatest decrease in blood levels of liver enzymes, which suggests that it offered greater protection against the liver damage
So, let’s be safe!!
Stock up Milk Thistle this Diwali to enjoy it guilt-worry free!!