The liver's function is to filter all absorbed toxins introduced to the body before allowing nutrients to pass into the blood stream. Therefore all ingested materials, inhaled substances and absorbed chemicals through the skin (the largest human organ) have to be processed through the liver before entering the blood stream.
Like the oil filter on your car, the liver's effectiveness is directly proportional to the amount of gunk (toxins) that have accumulated in it. While one can not change a liver like an oil filter, one can cleanse the liver and perk up its filtering abilities with Milk Thistle, thus assuring more beneficial nutrients and less toxins being introduced to the bloodstream.
By the age of 40, most people have accumulated enough environmental and medicinal toxins in their livers to reduce its functionality by 20% to 40%. Therefore one might consider a one (1) to two (2) month Milk Thistle cleanse to rid their liver's of toxins while restoring its natural functions. From there on, a maintenance level of one capsule of Milk Thistle taken with one's main meal should keep the liver toxin free and functioning at peak performance.
There are various brands and strengths of Milk Thistle available. Any brand that states on its label that it is "Standardized" to about 175 mgs of "Silymarin", (the main ingredient) is fine. Directions usually call for taking one capsule with each meal. One to three months use of Milk Thistle, depending on age and accumulated toxicity, at recommended dosage should do the job intended. Unless recommended by your doctor, continuous usage at full dosage is not recommended as you may build up a tolerance and interfere with your liver's natural ability to cleanse itself. However, one capsule per day with a meal is viable, as it will serve as a catalyst to maintaining good liver health.
A Milk Thistle protocol is always recommended when starting CMO II because most people are not aware of the benefits of Milk Thistle.
Some CMO products on the market claim their CMO include certain digestive enzymes, usually Lipase and Protease within their capsules, to assist in digesting the CMO and therefore increasing their brands effectiveness.
The truth is that Cerasomal-cis-9-cetylmyristoleate is very digestible for anyone with a normal digestive system. However, if a CMO II user suffers from digestive problems such as indigestion, excess gas, flatuation, IBS, colitis, and in some cases, extreme over or under weight, they probably do not have a healthy digestive system. In addition, as we age, our body's production of natural enzymes decreases, so people over 40 may need some additional digestive enzyme support.
In the above cases, digestive enzymes may be helpful in bringing the digestive system back into balance and reducing, or eliminating, the above problems. However, the very small amount of digestive enzymes that may be squeezed into a CMO capsules will not be effective, other than it makes for a good selling story.
If one has a perceived need for digestive supplementation, go to your favorite health food store and purchase a digestive enzyme product with a high concentration of the enzymes Amylase, Lipase and Protease. These products will, over time, improve your digestive balance and allow you to digest and absorb all nutrients better, as well as CMO II.
Some CMO products also claim the inclusion of Selenium in their CMO capsules in an effort to make their brand seem superior.
While Selenium is a very important mineral that many of us are deficient in because of diet, the small amount of Selenium that can be squeezed into a CMO capsule will not improve the effectiveness of the CMO product and it is doubtful that the amount is sufficient enough to raise your Selenium levels enough to be beneficial overall.
Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant that is helpful in preventing the free radicals that contribute to heart disease, cancer and auto immune diseases. Selenium, and Magnesium, are two important minerals to good health. If one feels, or knows, that they are deficient in these important minerals, due to their diet, other medical conditions or genetic makeup, these minerals should be obtained from a quality supplement source experienced in producing these minerals in the proper amount and in an absorbable form.