Take advantage of the benefits of Milk Thistle

2015-10-01 06:00
Kouga Express readers stand the chance to win a NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion hamper valued at R200 each.Milk Thistle
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Kouga Express readers stand the chance to win a NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion hamper valued at R200 each.Milk Thistle Photo: SUPPLIED

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AFTER an absence of two years, Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is back on shelf as a non-scheduled product.

Quick off the mark, NRF Health, well-known for its large range of excellent quality supplements, has introduced its new NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion supplement.

Milk Thistle has been around for over 2 000 years and its use as a liver tonic has been well documented. It is also known to increase appetite, aid in digestion by working as a selective antioxidant in liver cells and can be used raw in salads.

Milk Thistle, however, is better known for its medicinal benefits which help in the treatment of liver and gall bladder diseases, jaundice, cirrhosis, hepatitis and poisoning. Milk Thistle sti-mulates the flow of bile from the liver and supports healthy digestion and liver function. Silymarin and silybin, found in Milk Thistle which is a member of the sunflower family, functions as antioxidants which help to protect cell membranes from free-ra-dical-mediate, oxidative damage. These two compounds help protect red blood cell membranes against lipid peroxidation and hemolysis (breaking down of the red blood cells) caused by certain red blood cell poisons.

Milk Thistle is considered one of the safest herbs on the market and has an unblemished safety record when used responsibly. The most common side effects may be an upset stomach or mild diarrhoea, as Milk Thistle can have a mild laxative effect.

Dandelion (taraxacum officinale) is another herb which helps to treat intestinal and various other problems like gallstones, joint pain, muscular aches and eczema. It is also used as a blood tonic and can help with skin tone and bruising. Dandelion contains chemicals that increase urine production and decrease inflammation. When used as a food, dandelion is often used as a salad green, in soups or made into wine, and teas and in

some cases, the roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.

A potent combination of NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion makes this supplement extra effective to assists in the treatment of mild liver conditions.

NRF Milk Thisitle with Dandelion is available from Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies for around R90 a pack of 60 tablets.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

Four lucky Kouga Express readers stand the chance to win an NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion hamper valued at R200 each - perfect for the Christmas season when we all tend to over-indulge.

To enter, visit our Facebook Page (Kouga Express Newspaper). Like our page and type Milk Thistle in the comment block. The competition closes at noon on October 9

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