Milk thistle’s detoxifying actions can also help counteract the effects of unwanted toxins—like environmental toxins, pollutants, and chemicals.* Essentially, this powerhouse botanical helps regulate and buffer liver enzymes to help the body’s detox system stand up to modern environmental toxins.*
“Milk thistle aids in eliminating toxins that have built up in the liver, in addition to helping restore liver cells that have been affected by increased toxin exposure,”* functional medicine practitioner William Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C. previously shared with mindbodygreen.
According to a 2015 Antioxidants review, a phytochemical powerhouse in milk thistle called silymarin also supports glutathione production2 (the body’s “master antioxidant“), which is an absolutely critical antioxidant for proper detoxification.* What’s more, silymarin largely supports and helps protect the liver by acting as a toxin blockage agent (i.e., inhibiting toxins from binding to liver cells), per a Phytocology Research review.*