During spring and summer or other intense eating periods — while it’s the best time to organize a barbecue with family and friends — pharmacists and doctors notice an increased number of problems with digestion. Many people think that there’s something wrong with their stomach and unnecessarily take medicines which don’t solve the problem. If after eating greasy food you feel pressing pain on the right upper quadrant of your abdomen it’s the first signal that your liver can’t work properly mushroom bag .
When it doesn’t work the way it should
The liver plays an essential role in metabolism and is important for a correct digestion, as it produces bile, an alkaline that emulsificates lipids. The process can be disturbed after eating too much. Because of detoxification properties of the liver, it’s not good to treat the pain with traditional pharmaceuticals, especially painkillers. What to do then?
It’s been used for over 2,000 years — Silybum marianum — known as milk thistle is the best way to naturally cure problems with your liver. Silymarin, an extract from milk thistle seeds is generally used for stomach complaints, appetite disorders, as an antidote to mushroom poisoning and even to reverse liver damage due to alcoholism or drug use. This herb is also an antioxidant, strengthens and stimulates the growth of new liver cells.
It’s important to purchase herbal supplements from a reliable source. Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product. Silybum marianum doesn’t dissolve easily in water, so a milk thistle tea is not recommended. Use it as directed on the package, but usual dosage of the extract is around 450mg a day.
Is it safe?
All medicines, especially the natural ones, may cause some side effects. However, there is no evidence of side effects caused by Sylimarin. A few people suffer from allergic reaction, mild diarrhea, bloating or more gas when they start using the herb. Cutting back on the dosage and increasing it slowly should solve the problem.
It’s possible that milk thistle could inhibit the metabolism of certain drugs. Before taking the first dose of milk thistle don’t forget to tell your doctor about any allergy, especially to plants, that you have. Milk thistle may interact with medicines metabolized by a liver enzyme called CYP3A4 or other herbal supplements. It is also not known if milk thistle could harm fetus or if it affects a breast-feeding woman, so if you’re pregnant, planning to become pregnant or nursing, always ask your doctor before taking this active ingredient.
Sylimarin has been used since Ancient times and has been used to treat hepatitis, liver damage and mushroom poisoning. Most of the scientific research was published in Europe, where milk thistle is commonly known and used. Middle-eastern European countries are also the place where magical plant grows in natural, ecological conditions, without any human interference.