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MILK THISTLE (Silybum marianum)

Milk Thistle  has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for a variety of ailments, and historically was thought to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function by increasing the flow and secretion of bile from the liver.The seed of this plant is what is used primarily. It gets its name from the milky fluid that it creates when the leaves are crush. There has been hundreds of research done on this amazing plant to verify it healing properties and it abilities to protect the liver along with the rest of the body against just about any type of damage.Today, its primary uses include combinations for  liver disorders such as cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders. Milk Thistle extract is actually a prescribed medication in parts of Europe.

Other uses for Milk Thistle include lowering cholesterol levels, reducing insulin resistance in people who have both type 2 diabetes and cirrhosis, acute viral and chronic active hepatitis, fibrosis, and reducing the growth of breast, cervical, and prostate cancer cells. It is also beneficial in reducing cell damage cause by radiation and chemotherapy.  The extract is also good for reducing the effects of deathcap mushroom poisoning.

Milk Thistle also aids in the production of Mother’s Milk. If a nursing mother is having a difficult time producing enough milk for her baby then using this with be very beneficial. This also may be useful against multiple types of skin diseases.Being a very mild and gentle herb, it is safe for pregnant and nursing mothers. It can cause mild diarrhea but it is usually very short lived. The seeds are the parts of the plant used to prepare capsules, extracts, powders, and tinctures.

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