Two herbs that can help ‘love’ your liver through this silly season

After a year like no other, many of us will be letting our hair down this festive season. Here’s how two herbs traditionally used in Western herbal medicine can give your liver and digestive system a helping hand through the celebrations.

After an unusual year, there will likely be much to celebrate over coming months: summer holidays, the festive season, and just reconnecting with family and friends.

Right there with you will be that unappreciated superhero of your digestive system, your liver.

And with overeating possibly a little too easy to do in the silly season, it’s worth giving some extra TLC to the organ that does everything from helping to metabolise food to detoxifying the body.

Why you should love your liver

With more than 500 functions, your liver works hard to keep you healthy.

The gatekeeper to good health, it is responsible for essential processes like filtering toxins, regulating chemical levels in the blood, converting fats to energy and producing life-giving proteins – just to name a few.

It’s also your key detoxification organ – so when festive excess leads to that awful sluggish, tired and bloated feeling, the digestive system is likely to have to work harder than usual.

Milk thistle and globe artichoke support to the rescue!

There are two herbs that stand tall when it comes to supporting liver health – milk thistle and globe artichoke.

As used traditionally in Western herbal medicine, they are your pals in supporting the body’s natural detoxification and waste elimination processes.

What is milk thistle?

Milk thistle has been used in traditional Western herbal medicine to maintain the natural liver cleansing and detoxification process and support digestive system health.

The seeds of the biennial herb are rich in silymarin, an antioxidant compound.

Milk thistle is an antioxidant helping reduce free radical body cell damage.

It is also used in traditional Western herbal medicine to relieve symptoms of indigestion and digestive discomfort.

Globe artichoke

Also known as French artichokes, globe artichokes are actually a type of thistle, packed with healthy nutrients.

Globe artichoke has been used in traditional Western herbal medicine to promote bile production and flow from the liver, and it aids excretion of metabolic waste products.

It has also been used in traditional Western herbal medicine to provide relief from digestive discomfort and the symptoms of indigestion, including feelings of fullness and abdominal bloating.

Both milk thistle and globe artichoke are traditional Western herbal medicines used to enhance liver health and healthy liver function as well as supporting the natural detoxification process.

How to get your daily dose of milk thistle and globe artichoke

Thompson’s has been harnessing the power of nature’s herbs for general health and wellness for generations and has a range of high-quality herbal formulations starring both milk thistle and globe artichoke.

Thompson’s One-A-Day Milk Thistle 42000 capsules contain a high-quality and -potency milk thistle extract and are formulated for convenience with a one-a-day dose.

In addition, as part of the Thompson’s Digestive Health Range, there are a couple of herbal blends which include both herbs, namely Thompson’s Liver Cleanse capsules and Thompson’s Ultra Liver Detox which is in a liquid format.

All are vegan and vegetarian suitable, which makes them a convenient way to  love your liver and digestive health during what is sure to be an extra-special season of fun.

This post is brought to you by Thompson’s Digestive Health Support Range. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, see your health professional. Ultra Liver Detox contains: sorbates, 5mg potassium sorbate/mL and trace amounts of sulfites.