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Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

Posted by Ricky Seda on 10/29/2017 to Vitamins, Herbs, and Minerals

Milk Thistle is an herb that you’ve most likely seen in every supplement section. Depending on where you’ve seen it, it may have been in a capsule, liquid tincture, or in a box of tea bags. But what makes this herb so popular? For starters, it is primarily sold as a liver detoxifier, and rightfully so.

     Milk thistle’s main antioxidant flavonoid is known as silymarin.  The silymarin in milk thistle has been shown to help clean out the liver and protect it from the damages of alcohol and other toxins. However, milk thistle has recently become more popular; new studies have revealed this herb does a whole lot more for the rest of your body.

   A 2007 study done at the University of Minnesota showed that milk thistle acted as an inhibitor of cancer cell growth in the human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells.  Milk thistle has also been shown to be a mild laxative that can be taken daily as a gentle cleanser to maintain proper bowel movements. Another field of study is milk thistle’s aid with diabetes. Silymarin, the main component of milk thistle, has been shown to help with blood sugar control. As mentioned, silymarin is a strong liver detoxifier, and the liver is partially responsible for regulating the release of insulin into your bloodstream. If your liver is properly detoxified, it may result in the body’s ability to better manage blood sugar. Lastly, milk thistle contains many antioxidants that help prevent radical damage throughout your body. This means that it can also be taken as an anti-aging herb.

  As always, it is my hope that this information is helpful to you. If you have any questions about this powerful herb, feel free to stop by any Vitamin Discount Center location. Our sales associates are here to help you with any supplement you need!

Reference links:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17548789

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17072885

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17072885