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April 4, 2012

Milk Thistle Offers Many Possible Benefits

Milk -thistle _80x 80With its tall, spiny stems and toothed, thorny leaves, the milk thistle hardly looks inviting. But this plant has been used for hundreds of years as a remedy to various health issues.


Native to the Mediterranean regions of North Africa, Europe and the Middle East, milk thistle is now found throughout the world, including North America. Two species are classified under the milk thistle: the silver milk thistle, or ivory thistle, and the blessed milk thistle. Milk thistle extract is one of Protandim's five ingredients. You may see this plant in fields or in forests. And you may be surprised what possible benefits come from it.


For centuries, the milk thistle has been referred to as "liver tonics." Studies of the plant's medical uses have been conducted since the 1970s in many countries. And though these studies have been uneven, the plant has been reported to have protective effects on the liver.


Studies are still under way regarding the effects of milk thistle on the liver. If you or your child has liver problems, consult you physician. Also, women who are pregnant or nursing should not take milk thistle on its own.


March 22, 2012

Remember This: Bacopa may Improve Your Cognitive Functions

Bacopa-monnieriNative to marshy areas of India and now found throughout the tropic and subtropical areas of the world grows the 4-inch-tall, 2-foot-wide bacopa plant. The plant's long stems are covered in tiny, pristine five-petal flowers. This beautiful, easy-to-grow plant has recently become popular among gardeners.


But what is found within the bacopa may be even more pleasing.


If you find yourself easily forgetting names, dates, places or facts, bacopa may be a remedy to consider.


Bacopa extract, one of the five main ingredients of Protandim, has been long hailed for its ability to enhance cognitive abilities. Bacopa has been important in Indian medicine for centuries, used chiefly to enhance clear thinking and memory function. Studies suggest it provides strong antioxidant defense against stress on the brain. It is also used to improve concentration, alertness and focus.


Other claims show that bacopa may aid in staving off depression and asthma.


Bacopa is also a free radical scavenger and protects against the free radical effect on DNA.


As with all Protandim ingredients, the antioxidant capabilities of bacopa are much weaker on their own than when combined with the other components to form Protandim.


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