by Mike Barrett
March 22, 2013
Used for nearly 2,000 years as a natural
herbal remedy for various ailments, including those related to the
liver and kidneys,
milk thistle is a highly underrated
natural remedy that everyone should know about.
The plant is well-known for it’s
abilities to promote liver health by strengthening liver cell
membranes and helping the organ to flush out toxins, but it seems
that it seems that one of it’s amazing beneficial properties is
going a bit unrecognized - milk thistle’s ability to fight and
Milk Thistle as a Cancer
Remedy, Protects Against Chemo’s Toxic Effects
In 2007, research published
Integrative Cancer Therapies reviewed numerous clinical
studies suggesting milk thistle’s positive effects on cancer.
After examination and according to the
“there is strong preclinical
evidence for silymarin’s hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic
effects, including inhibition of cancer cell growth in human
prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells”.
But even as a “promising” remedy for
cancer, this is not, as of now, where the bulk of milk thistle’s
positive attributes come in.
of Maryland Medical Center states:
“Early laboratory studies also
suggest that silymarin and other active substances in milk
thistle may have anticancer effects. These substances appear to
stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, shorten their
lifespan, and reduce blood supply to tumors.”
In addition to protecting against
cancer, milk thistle is well known among the science community to be
able to protect the liver and kidneys from the
ill effects of chemotherapy.
The active substance in milk thistle,
silymarin, which is a mixture of
flavanoid compounds, is what’s known for this granted
protection. The plant is able to reduce liver enzyme levels, help to
reduce inflammation, and assists in modulating T-cells.
Adding Milk Thistle to
the Natural Remedies List
If you follow natural health and bathe
your mind with natural solutions, then you’re likely aware that milk
thistle is far from the only plant or food that has been found to
possess anti-cancer properties.
Here are just a few other foods and
plants that have been in the spotlight for their ability to prevent
Turkey Tail Mushroom
Using real cancer patients, researchers from
Bastyr set out to test the effectiveness of a mushroom
turkey tail mushroom.
They found that when individuals ingest the
mushroom, immune cells lining the intestines become
stimulated, which in turn stimulate other immune cells all
over the body.
Another piece of research from
the Queensland University of Technology found that the
active compound in turkey tail mushroom known as polysaccharopeptide
(PSP) is able to stop prostate tumors from ever developing.
Grape seed extract has been
shown to essentially outperform chemotherapy in destroying
and inhibiting the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
from the University of Colorado Cancer Center report
that the more aggressive the cancer cells are, the more
effective the grape extract works at targeting and stopping
Further, GSE attacks cancer
cells while leaving healthy cells untouched - unlike many
mainstream cancer treatments.
Teng or “Thunder God Vine”
the research published in
the journal Science Translational Medicine, the
thunder god plant compound
led to no signs of tumors after a 40 day period - even after
discontinuing the treatment.
An active compound within the
plant, triptolide, has been identified as a cancer fighter
in previous research, and is thought to be the key component
responsible for anti-tumor capabilities.