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A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Milk Thistle(Silybum marianum)
Milk thistle seeds are a great source of zinc, selenium, iron, antioxidants, and flavonoids. Silymarin is the active compound in milk thistle seeds; the seeds are where most of the healing properties are.
Milk thistle has been used for thousands of years for its beneficial effects on the liver and gallbladder. I started too use milk thistle seeds, as a hot tea infusion back in the day when I was using alcohol—as milk thistle seeds are known for its ability to help restore and protect the liver from alcohol, as well as chemicals, and environmental toxins; which is why I continue to use them today. I should also note, milk thistle seeds are excellent for helping to strengthen my digestive tract.
Milk thistle is not just a potent detoxifying herb that can help liver function, but milk thistle can also manage cholesterol, prevent cancer, and lower blood glucose levels. Milk thistle has powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties, and Medical Medium says that it has been used to help protect the liver from strong medications such statin drugs, phenytoin, seizure medication, and acetaminophen-- as well as from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Medical Medium also says that milk thistle can help fight against hepatitis C, and inhibit cancer cell growth for breast, cervical, and prostate cancers. It has also been shown to benefit gall bladder disorders, cirrhosis, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, jaundice, obsessive-compulsive disorder, headaches, PMS, and rosacea.