Milk thistle (Silybum marianum, ing. Milk thistle) In today's world our liver has an almost impossible mission. One of the main functions of this vital organ is to process and detoxify many substances we ingest or that our own body produces. In our days the pollution, the hundreds of chemicals such as pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and heavy metal residues in foods we eat add an additional burden to the already heavy burden that has always had the liver. Add it to this consumption of illicit drugs, medications, excessive alcohol (all this is processed by the liver) and dietary excesses incurred many people and we must conclude that under these conditions is not surprising that liver disease have become commonplace. Milk thistle or milk thistle is a plant with a long history as a liver protective substance.Although it also has its utility in treating headaches, neuralgia and some allergic conditions modern attention has focused on its protective effects and regenerating liver. Modern research confirms this use. An article published in 1991 in the important European journal Planta Medica states that milk thistle is undoubtedly the best documented pharmaceutical agent for treating liver diseases. Silymarin is the main protective compound in milk thistle liver. This compound is mainly present in the seeds acts as an antioxidant in protecting liver cells from damage by free radicals. Silymarin also increases the liver's capacity to regenerate by producing healthy new cells. It also improves the liver's ability to eliminate toxins from the body. Numerous studies confirm the beneficial effects of silymarin in cases of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis and fatty liver degeneration. The most dramatic effects occur in cases of toxic hepatitis and cirrhosis. According to a study published in October 2006 in the journal Phytotherapy Research, silymarin also has the ability to help people with type 2 diabetes control their glucose levels and reduce the level of glycation, ie the amount of hemoglobin is attached to glucose molecules, this is a damaging process that occurs in diabetics at high levels and is causing many of the complications of this disease. The best way to manage milk thistle is through standardized capsules containing 140 milligrams of silymarin. One can start with one capsule twice a day and increase to three times a day if necessary.The milk thistle will not seem as effective as the capsules and that silymarin is a substance that does not dissolve well in water. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum, ing. Milk thistle) In the pharmacies can be found in tablets.