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Today, Rick Hay suggests the to help kick-start your weight loss, thanks to its proven ability to help detox the liver. But early research suggests it might support healthy weight loss too as when mice were fed a high fat diet to make them obese in the study lost weight after taking Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle.
Rick Hay says: ‘Milk thistle or St.Mary’s thistle is known as a hangover cure because it has such good properties to help with liver function. That’s why it’s so important to include in your diet if you want to accelerate weight loss. It also contains silymarin which helps to balance blood sugar levels and I’ve spoken about this many times, when you have stable blood sugar levels you have fewer cravings and feel fuller for longer and also have improved mood. The main use of silymarin is as a liver tonic and this is key to detox and promote effective digestion. When you digest efficiently you eliminate efficiently you help the body to metabolise fat. It all goes together like an orchestra. We want to put this bitter herb into our diet take one or two capsules a day or as directed. You will end up with the bitter qualities stimulating liver function, stimulating digestion and helping your body to metabolise fat.’
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @nutritiomalphys