0feeb9b7de84f0021f09726f39426346bcee49d9_fotolia_66614579_subscription_monthly_mMilk Thistle has been used by healers and health practitioners for over 2,000 years. Native to the Mediterranean, milk thistle is a beautiful flowering herb used to address a variety of health conditions. The medicinal properties of milk thistle derive from an extract created from ripe seed, which is actually the fruit of the plant.
While milk thistle is used in a variety of therapies, it’s common in traditional Chinese medicine. Practitioners use milk thistle to clear heat and relieve toxic materials to promote healthy liver functions. It is also popular with health professionals in the integrative and complementary health fields, due to its many proposed benefits.
Milk Thistle has been used to address a variety of health issues. Its benefits can include:
• Lowering cholesterol levels benefiting the heart
• Helping those suffering from type 2 diabetes
• Reducing the growth of cancer cells in breast, cervical and prostate cancers
• Improving liver health

How does it work?
The main active ingredient in milk thistle is Silymarin. It is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
According to studies, milk thistle may protect the cells of the liver by blocking the entrance of harmful toxins, and remove these toxins from liver cells. As an antioxidant, milk thistle works to maintain health and energy by protecting the body against free radicals.
Studies show that milk thistle can decrease blood sugar levels, and improve cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Research also shows that milk thistle can improve insulin resistance, commonly found in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Milk Thistle can be combined with other herbs, and can be taken orally through supplements or in powder form added to tea.

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Milk Thistle Monograph.”
National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): “Milk Thistle.”
Medicinenet.com: “Generic Name: Milk Thistle – Oral.”
Liversupport.com: “Milk Thistle – The #1 Researched & Recommended Herb for Liver Health”
Cancer.org: “Milk Thistle”

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