Milky thistle is medicinally in use for over 2000 years, treated for liver and gall bladder disorders. Silymarin is an active ingredient that comes from the seeds of milk thistle. Though there are a few side effects from milk thistle, because of its inflammatory and antioxidant property, it is used to detoxify and protect liver functions.
Milk thistle has been used successfully since centuries. Pliny the Elder was a Roman writer, noticed that the juice was good for “carrying off bile”. Nicholas Culpepper, a 17th century English noblest, wrote that this was useful jaundice treatment and for removing obstruction in liver and spleen. The Eclectic old medical system which is of 19th to 20th century old, used milk thistle successfully to treat varicose problem in veins, menstrual problems, and liver congestion. Homeopathy took a very small amount of the seeds to treat liver disorders, hepatitis c, gallstones in gall bladder, peritonitis, severe hemorrhage, bronchitis, and varicose. The milky thistle fruit, their stem, and the seeds all have extraordinary medicinal value. Colonists introduced it all over North America. Milk thistle was grown in Europe in early days and was used in all types of salads. Stalks, root parts, the flower portion and seeds (roasted seeds used as coffee substitute) were also consumed.
Milk thistle draws toxins from our body which causes a wide spectrum of symptoms and diseases — including liver disorders, gall bladder disorders, kidney stones, cancer, side effects of chemotherapy, diabetes, high cholesterol, skin damage, alcohol use and much more. Silymarin acts as an active antioxidant ingredient in milk thistle, protects against depletion of glutathione and prevents us from disease. Glutathione is found naturally in our own body and it is also found in some plants, mushrooms, fungus and algae. Milk thistle seed extract have estrogenic effects on memory. Studies shows silymarin usage during pregnancy resulted in positive changes in brain and seems to have better memory.
Milk thistle is a powerful detoxifier for liver. It creates new liver cells by working towards eliminating the harmful toxins from the body. Milk thistle reverse the harmful effects of alcohol consumption naturally, pesticides in our food, harmful metals in our water, polluted air which we breathe and also the poisons. It also treats liver disorders such as alcoholic cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis.
Protection against cancer
Silymarin in milk thistle may have anti-cancer effects. Controls the cancer cell growth and also reduces the life time of cancer cells. Its anti-carcinogenic effects, reduces the growth of cancer cell in human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells.
Reduces high cholesterol
Milk thistle’s anti-inflammatory property stops inflammation, which is considered as the main cause of heart disease. Milk thistle is responsible for reducing inflammation, cleaning up the blood and averting oxidative stress damage within the arteries. Silymarin milk combined with other treatment methods may reduce total cholesterol level, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels.
Milk thistle takes out the poison caused by death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). Milk thistle extract fully counteracts the toxic effects of the mushroom when given before the digestion.