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 Milk thistle supports liver function, stimulates detoxification, may be helpful for poor digestion, bad breath, hepatitis, and food poisoning, helps lower cholesterol.


 In modern times, scientific research confirms what people believed all along – milk thistle is a good treatment for liver problems. In addition to the help it can give the liver, some research is now being done that shows milk thistle may also fight cancer such as breast, prostate, and cervical cancers. The evidence is not conclusive at this time, but it may be that milk thistle can help to fight these diseases. In addition, milk thistle is also shown to lower cholesterol, but it’s not known how at this time.  A compound called silmarin is responsible for the effect that milk thistle has on the liver. To understand why it’s so important, it may help to understand how the liver works.  The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Its job is to clean the toxins from your body. And when it’s working properly, it keeps toxins from building up in the bloodstream. When your liver isn’t working, you don’t have much time left to live before something must be done.  Many things can affect the way the liver functions. Sometimes people have liver problems due to viral infections such as hepatitis. For others, heavy use of alcohol and other drugs can cause liver ailments. It’s also possible to have liver damage because of exposure to pollutants and environmental toxins that the liver must attack.  In the 1960s, German scientists studied milk thistle extensively and found that extract from the plat can actually help to treat liver problems. This is true if the liver problems are caused by viral infections or other damage from lifestyle and environmental factors. Milk thistle can also be used to treat poisoning from the deathcap mushroom that actually attacks the liver directly. Therapeutic Effect :The active ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, a combination of three different flavonoids that supports the walls of liver cells, preventing poisons from penetrating them. It also stimulates the regeneration of these cells. Bitter principles and amino acids help support the entire digestive system.
When it comes to using milk thistle, there’s a standard milk thistle extract available worldwide. You can also use it in the form of a powder or tea. Make sure to follow the tea making directions when using milk thistle so that you get the best benefit for your liver.  If you’re suffering from liver disease, you’ll want to make milk thistle a part of your arsenal of treatment. Precautions: Like silymarin extract, milk thistle seed can cause mild diarrhea by stimulating the release of bile. This effect is most notable if there is a high-fat diet. Typical Preparations: Whole seeds or seed powder, encapsulated or used to make an infusion.(tea). Making the tea  Crush 1 tbsp. of milk thistle seeds in a mortar, or use seed powder. Add to 3 cups of water and boil. Steep for about 20 min and strain. Drink 1 cup 30 min before meals in the morning, afternoon and evening, as well as just before going to bed. After 2-3 days, reduce your intake to 3 times a day.  Leaf tea for aiding digestion  You can also make therapeutic teas from the leaves of the milk thistle. They do not contain silymarin, but they have an overall positive effect on the liver and gall bladder, and a tea made with them is valuable for improving digestion and for easing mild digestive complaints. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 ½ tsp of finely chopped leaves. Steep for 5-10 min and then strain. Drink 2-3 glasses per day. 

For your health : Peppermint increases the effectiveness of milk thistle tea and improves its taste. When you make the tea, add 1 tbsp. of peppermint leaves to the mixture before boiling.

Milk Thistle Tea

  • Dried milk thistle seeds and/or leaves
  • Hot water
  • Raw honey (optional)


Crush the seeds and leaves and place in a muslin bag. Let the bag steep in hot water for five minutes. Add a teaspoon of raw honey for flavor.



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