Two years ago when I first saw the beautiful purple thistle in my yard, I was so thrilled beyond words! I took many pictures, at many different stages of this flower. They grew wildly in my backyard if the grass was not mowed, but little did I know about the amazing health benefits the thistle contains.
Many of us preferred to this plant as weed, and considered it as nuisance! However, studies showed that milk thistle has been around for more than 2000 years, and was used to treat many ailments.
Milk Thistle Aids Liver Disease
I have read many articles, which all have one thing in common, and that is milk thistle is vital in treating liver disease. It helps strengthening and detoxifying the liver, which is one of most important organs in our body. The liver’s job is to break down the nutrients and cleans the body out.
Milk thistle offers protection against damage from toxins such as alcohol, cigarette smoke, and other bad effects from our environment. It can also help reversing the liver damage, promotes renewal and repairs the liver cells.
Besides the liver, milk thistle is very helpful as treatment to hepatitis and cirrhosis. It may reduce inflammation; reduce the excessive skill cell growth, and help in treating endometriosis.
Interesting Facts to Know about Milk Thistle
- · The Latin name for milk thistle is Silybum marianum
- · Milk thistle is the only option available in treating poisonous Amanita mushrooms, which destroy the liver.
- · Milk thistle has also shown to protect liver against medications such as acetaminophen, a non aspirin pain reliever.
- · Active ingredient in the milk thistle is silymarin, and it contains both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The silymarin stimulates the growth of new liver cells.
- · The seeds of the milk thistle have proven in helping cure all kinds of liver ailments.
- · Every part of the milk thistle, stem, leaves, and flowers are edible.
Dosage and Availability
The recommended dose is 280-450 mg break into two small doses, or silymarin-phosphatidylcholine complex of 100-200 mg twice a day. Milk thistle comes in the form of capsules, liquid extract, and tincture.
There are very few side effects associated with milk thistle if taking the recommended dosage. Only minor stomach irritation and mild laxative effects have been reported.
Milk thistle is generally good for health, but before taking this herbal supplement, you should talk to your physician. Only your doctor knows the stage of illness you are in, and only he/she can decide what is best for you. Talk to him/her first to avoid complications!
The Astounding Benefits of Milk Thistle
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