Milk Thistle: Your Liver’s Healing Plant

Milk Thistle is a plant native to Europe’s Mediterranean region. However, it also grows in different parts of the world, such as northern Africa, South Australia, and North and South America. This plant contains Silymarin which is the main compound of the plant. Silymarin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, commonly used in herbal supplements for liver disorders. Silymarin is known to keep toxins from attaching to the liver cells. In addition, it holds free radicals in check. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are byproducts of your body’s functions. (They also can harm healthy cells and lead to health issues.)

Milk Thistle has been known to treat ailments such as:

Alcoholism (Some heavy drinkers will take milk thistle regularly in hopes that it will prevent them from developing alcoholic cirrhosis.)

Appetite stimulant (A,2016 study found that Silymarin caused weight loss in mice that were fed a diet intended to cause weight gain.)

Blood pressure (This herb may and indirectly lower blood pressure. The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse reports high blood sugar contributes to high blood pressure.)

Boils (Native Americans use milk thistle to treat boils and other skin diseases.)

Chemotherapy (A new study finds that the herb milk thistle may help treat liver inflammation in cancer patients who receive chemotherapy. The research indicates that the herb could allow patients to take potent doses of chemotherapy without damaging their liver.)

Cirrhosis (Since ancient times, Herbalists have used milk thistle extract to treat a range of liver and gallbladder disorders. Milk Thistle is specifically renowned for treating alcoholic liver cirrhosis when used along with optimum nutrition.)

Liver damage (Ancient physicians and herbalists use milk thistle to treat a range of liver and gallbladder diseases and protect the liver against various poisons.)

Milk Thistle is very beneficial for the liver, both protecting and rejuvenating it. It has also been shown to protect the kidneys, brain, and other tissues from chemical toxins. In addition, milk Thistle can help in rejuvenating the liver while overcoming alcohol toxicity, especially psoriasis.

Your liver does a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to keeping you healthy and thriving. It aids in the metabolic process, helps with digestion, naturally detoxes your body, and is vital for proper blood circulation.

Typically, your liver does an excellent job of expelling all these toxins. But, with the number of toxins in today’s food and environment, your liver may not be able to keep up and instead will store these toxins in fat cells. So, even if you lose weight and change your eating habits, it takes much longer for your liver to shed the toxic fat it is storing.

Gallbladder (Because the liver and other digestive organs, like the gallbladder, pancreas, intestines, and kidneys, work closely together to improve liver health, milk thistle can also help prevent gallstones and kidney stones.)