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Milk thistle is extracted from special hybrid seeds and contains three compounds called flavonolignans, which are collectively called silymarin, the active constituent in milk thistle. Thanks in part to its antioxidant properties, the silymarin in milk thistle may help maintain healthy liver function, and oftentimes is used by people concerned with environmental toxins found in cigarette smoke, alcohol and pollution.
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Natural Health: Guide to Using Herbs
From the earliest of times, people have relied on plants to address health concerns. Today, a number of things continue to fuel a growing interest in natural health including a cultural use of natural herbs, ongoing scientific study and government funding for complementary and alternative healthcare.