Milk Thistle Benefits

milk thistle benefits

Originally from the Mediterranean, Milk Thistle (sometimes called mary thistle or holy thistle) has been traditionally used for liver and gallbladder problems.  The flower has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a variety of ailments. It is also known as Silymarin (active flavanoid-lignan), which comes from Milk Thistle seeds and known to have antioxidant effects.

What are some Milk Thistle benefits?  Some of the most commons claimed benefits of milk thistle include:

  • Liver protection
  • Lowering cholesterol levels
  • Seasonal allergies (allergic rhinitis)
  • Heartburn

Certain studies have also shown that in combination with medical treatment, Milk Thistle may help cholesterol blood sugar and cholesterol in type 2 diabetics, but more research is needed to be conclusive. Research has suggested that milk thistle extracts may not only repair the liver but also prevent liver damage.  A study published from the journal Cancer in 2010 alone, associated milk thistle with a trend towards reducing liver damage from chemotherapy, a double-blind placebo controlled study was done on 50 children.

Milk thistle: you might find yourself wanting to buy flowers for more than just love now.

 


SOURCES:
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-milk-thistle Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milk_thistle NIH: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/milkthistle/ataglance.htm