Milk Thistle Seeds (Silybum Marianum)
Milk thistle, popularly known as Lady’s Thistle, Holy Thistle, or St Mary’s thistle is a native of North and South America, North Africa, Asia Minor, and Europe. The name of the plant comes from the white liquid that comes out when the leaves of this plant are crushed.
The seeds of the Milk Thistle have been used for more than 2,000 years as a liver tonic and treatment. Its health benefits were recorded throughout history and all speak highly of this medicinal plant.
The extract of the Milk Thistle Seeds was and is used for the treatment of fibrosis and cirrhosis, acute viral hepatitis, drug/alcohol-induced liver damage, hepatic toxicity resulting from prolonged usage of steroids, fatty liver, NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis), and NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease).
Besides liver, the medicinal herb is also used in treating other health conditions such as menopause-caused hot flashes, skin diseases (especially those caused by the sun), chemotherapy cell damage, Alzheimer’s disease, various cancers (renal, cervical, prostate, colon, lung, and breast).
The Milk Thistle Seeds extract is also an excellent antioxidant and a super-efficient anti-aging agent. It is also known to be able to lower cholesterol, regulate sugar levels and treat digestive conditions.