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Benefits of Milk Thistle (Nature’s Liver Protector)
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is a species of thistle named after the distinctive white veins on its leaves.
Despite its prickly nature, milk thistle contains various plant compounds collectively known as silymarin, which have many potential health benefits.
In particular, milk thistle extract has been used in traditional remedies to treat gallbladder disorders, promote breast milk production and protect the liver from poison.
Milk thistle is a thorny plant with distinctive purple flowers and white veins originally native to Southern Europe through to Asia but can now be found worldwide. With its vibrant purple flowers and spiky leaves, milk thistle is a visually striking plant with many therapeutical properties, as it contains various beneficial plant compounds.
These compounds, collectively known as silymarin, have many potential health benefits, and milk thistle supplements containing silymarin have been extensively studied for their effects on liver health. However, more research is needed to confirm these milk thistle benefits, as it shows promise as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAD) for many health conditions.