A Miraculous New Extract from Milk Thistle Seeds Can Help Slow the Growth of Rare Tumors
Milk thistle seeds are extracted to produce silymarin. Silymarin is used to treat many inflammatory liver conditions. Silymarin is an incredible liver detox. If silymarin is taken prior to drinking alcohol, it can actually help to protect liver cells from the damage caused by alcohol.
Recently, the major active ingredient in silymarin known as silibinin is being used to treat a rare type of brain tumor. This hormonal imbalance known as Cushing Disease causes the body to produce excessive amounts of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin (ACTH).
silibinin was successful in treating Cushing Disease in human tumor tissue by slowing down tumor growth and enabling the body to produce normal levels of ACTH.
So go ahead and have that beer on Saturday night just remember to take your milk thistle extract capsules.
A chemical extracted from milk thistle seeds may function as a non-invasive treatment for a rare hormonal condition caused by a brain tumor, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich and Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and published in the journal Nature Medicine on February 9.
The condition, known as Cushing disease (the most common variety of Cushing syndrome), stems from a tumor in the pituitary gland of the brain. This tumor leads to increased levels of the stress hormone adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) in the body, which in turn causes the adrenal glands to release elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol. These abnormally high hormone levels produce a variety of health problems, such as rapid weight gain, high blood pressure, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, increased rate of infections, and even depression and cognitive dysfunction.
The new study found, however, that silibinin extracted from milk thistle seeds successfully treated Cushing’s disease in cell cultures, animal models and human tumor tissue.
“Silibinin is the major active constituent of milk thistle seeds,” he said. “It has an outstanding safety profile in humans and is already used for the treatment of liver disease and poisoning.”Researchers from the Max Planck institute have already filed a patent for a variety of chemicals that may be used to treat pituitary tumors, including silibinin. They are now planning clinical trials of the substance in humans with Cushing disease.
“With silibinin we might have discovered a non-invasive treatment strategy not only for the rare Cushing Disease but also for other conditions with the involvement of glucocorticoid receptors such as lung tumors, acute lymphoblastic leukemia or multiple myeloma,” Paez-Pereda said.
Milk thistle has been used as a traditional medicine for more than 2,000 years, particularly for liver and gall bladder problems.
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