Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)

Benefits of Milk ThistleMilk thistle (Silybum Marianum) is a flowering medicinal plant of the daisy family which has got this interesting name due to a shape of its leaves: they have white milky bands that used to believed to be Mother Mary’s milk. The plant is sometimes called silymarin and originates from the Mediterranean region. It can be found in plenty in dry and warm areas of modern Europe, Africa, North America and South America. Milk Thistle has been used for over two thousand years as an excellent natural liver tonic and as a medicinal herb to treat kidney and bladder problems. It is an effective natural detoxification agent which can be used virtually by everyone who does not suffer from allergic reactions to this herb. In the middle ages, it was recommended to consume the leaves and young shoots of the plant in order to enjoy the mentioned benefits of milk thistle.

In alternative medicine, mostly seeds and leaves of this plant are used. Milk thistle seeds are rich in natural flavonoids silymarins (silicristin, silibinin, silidianin, and others), known for their strong anti-oxidant and liver protecting effects. In addition, studies have shown that silymarins can assist in combating and preventing various sorts of infections. Therefore, the main health benefits of milk thistle are derived from a high content of these natural ingredients. Specialists recommend combining this plant with other natural liver tonics like dandelion root, burdock leave, artichokes, and others, in order to maximize health effects. In our times, it is possible to enjoy milk thistle benefits by using this herb in the form of liquid extract, powder, capsules, herbal tea, or tincture.

  • Milk Thistle BenefitsA number of studies have proven that biological activities of silymarins can have powerful positive effects on our liver function and greatly improve it.
  • Milk thistle is one of the herbal remedies recommended as a natural support to reduce the risks and symptoms of chronic hepatitis, toxin-induced liver damage and cirrhosis.
  • As a natural detoxificator, this medicinal herb can assist in liver cleansing and speeding up toxin removal from this important body organ.
  • It is reported that strong detoxification and cleansing benefits of milk thistle can be used to treat serious conditions like mushroom poisoning, food poisoning, the effects of severe alcohol-induced intoxication, etc.
  • Milk thistle remedies can be used as an effective natural anti-inflammatory, especially to reduce the symptoms of hepatitis and liver inflammation).
  • Also, it is possible to use milk thistle extract or infusion topically in order to reduce the symptoms of skin inflammation, like itchy spots, inflammatory rashes, and others.
  • Important benefits of milk thistle also include improved digestion and higher energy levels.
  • According to the findings of a recent study by the National Institute of Diabetes and NCCAM, milk thistle benefits include reducing the symptoms of type 2 diabetes and reducing insulin resistance of those who suffer from this health condition.
  • Another important effect of this natural remedy is decreasing cholesterol levels, this way reducing the risk of many serious cardiovascular diseases like stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and others.
  • It is recommended to use this natural remedy to prevent gall bladder dysfunctions and gall bladder stones.
  • Milk thistle infusion can be recommended to those who need to lower the symptoms of chronic stresses, chronic fatigue syndrome, and others.
  • Finally, the tests have shown that using milk thistle can have good anti-cancer effects, mainly by stopping cancerous cells from reproducing and reducing blood supply to tumors.
  • Be sure to talk to your health care provider before starting any kind of treatment involving milk thistle. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using this natural remedy.
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