Blessed thistle, mary thistle, holy thistle… Silybum Marianum yields many names, but we like to call it Milk Thistle. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, one of the oldest and thoroughly researched plants in the treatment of liver diseases. Milk Thistle Leaf has been used for centuries in various parts of the world to improve a variety of bodily functions and ailments, like liver detoxification, lowering cholesterol, and in controlling diabetes. How Does Milk Thistle Work? Silymarin is the main active ingredient in milk thistle seeds, containing various fatty acids, including linoleic acid. Silymarin is both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which reduces free radical production and lipid peroxidation. For those interested in a stronger Milk Thistle herbal infusion, check out our Zeke’s Blend.
Benefits of Milk Thistle:
Protects The Liver-Milk thistle is known for its effects on the liver thanks to its flavonoid complex called silymarin. A 2017 study confirms that it can help to speed up the healing process in the liver, undoing much of the damage from excessive drinking or other damaging behaviors on the liver, including cirrhosis. It may also prevent conditions like fatty liver syndrome, jaundice, and hepatitis.
Manages Diabetes- The combination of , fatty acids, and silibinin milk thistle extract can actually work to regulate insulin levels and maintain even blood sugar levels for people with diabetes or are at risk of developing it.
Regulates Cholesterol- It is an anti-, helps lower the levels in the body, cleanses the blood, and prevents oxidative stress. The silymarin present in it extract improves the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol), total cholesterol, and levels in the body.
For More Information:
“Milk thistle (Silybum marianum, family-Compositae) is widespread throughout the world. Milk thistle’s common name comes from the white markings on the leaves and its milky white sap used traditionally by nursing mothers to increase milk. Milk thistle appears to be safe and have multiple health benefits on various liver conditions viz; liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis. Primary chemical constituents of Milk Thistle include flavolignans (silymarin), tyramine, histamine, gamma linoleic acid, essential oil, mucilage, and bitter principle.” Source: Kaur, Ajit Kiran, and A. K. Wahi, et al. “Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum): A Review.” in Internation Journal of Pharma. Research & Development – Online (IJPRD). Vol. 3, Issue 3, April 2011.
Brewing your tea doesn’t have to be hard; follow these steps for the perfect cup of tea.