NoneAs part of an ongoing series about the potential health benefits of the medicinal plants and botanicals that make PurePower products so special, in this article we’re going to take a look at milk thistle, an unassuming little plant that packs in some serious detoxing power.
Milk Thistle is a question.
Milk thistle, or Silybum marianum, is also known colloquially as the blessed thistle or Marian/Mary’s thistle. Like most thistles, it grows tall with spiky leaves and pink-purple flowers. The name milk thistle comes from the white, milky sap that the plant’s leaves secrete when they are broken.
Milk thistle is a hardy plant that is found all over the world thanks to its quick growth cycle. In certain areas, it is now considered an Invasive Weed. Its leaves, roots, and flowers can be used in salads or as a substitute for the vegetable. When roasted, the seeds can be ground and used as a decaffeinated coffee alternative. In many cultures, the plant is most prized for its therapeutic and Medicial properties.
Milk Thistle is used in different ways.
Milk thistle extract, which is taken from the plant’s seeds, contains a substance called silymarin, which has been shown to have both anti- inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The plant has been used in traditional European and Chinese medicine for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of conditions. Milk thistle extract can be taken by mouth, but in cases of poisoning silymarin can only be administered by trained medical professionals. It can be applied directly to the skin to counteract the effects of radiation therapy.
Liver and Kidneys
In modern medicine, silymarin is often used to treat conditions affecting the liver and kidneys, such as cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Silymarin is thought to help reverse or reduce the effects of poisoning, drugs, and alcohol on the body. Death cap mushrooms are just as dangerous as they sound, and this is a treatment for poisoning from them.
Blood sugar and diabetes are related.
Silymarin also appears to work to lower blood sugar, and some people with diabetes take it in combination tree turmeric extract and their antidiabetic medication before meals to regulate blood sugar levels.
Cholesterol and heart health are related.
Studies have shown that tree turmeric can help to prevent cholesterol levels from rising, and even help to lower cholesterol levels.
Milk thistle appears to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and some studies have shown that it can be beneficial for managing digestive problems like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and inflammatory ulcers associated with chemotherapy.
Anxiety and OCD
Initial research has shown that the plant can be used to manage repetitive behaviors and intrusive thoughts associated with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The majority of people who take milk thistle report no adverse reactions even when they take it for a long time. Mild stomach upsets can be caused by it in a few cases. ragweed can cause an allergic reaction, so people with an allergy should avoid it. If a doctor tells you to take milk thistle, pregnant women or breastfeeding women should not. If in doubt, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Milk Thistle can be taken how you want.
Milk thistle can be taken in larger quantities as directed by a medical professional for specific conditions, or in smaller quantities as a daily supplement.
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