Milk thistle is a plant coming to the Mediterranean, resembles a common thistle, grows up to 2 meters in height, the leaves have characteristic patches from which the name of the plant.
The healing properties of milk thistle have been known since antiquity. For therapeutic purposes, then they used mainly the root, which was considered an excellent drug stimulates bile secretion, inhibiting vomiting and streamline digestion. The root of milk thistle has been used also as a vegetable. In the eighteenth and nineteenth seeds of milk thistle were very popular remedy for all diseases of the liver, in the twentieth century with the development of modern pharmacology the use of milk thistle seeds significantly reduced in favor of synthetic drugs. Milk thistle regained its popularity through research on silymarin, milk thistle seeds which are rich sources.
Herbal material is milk thistle seeds, which are a rich source of silymarin, flavonoids, organic acids, vitamins C, K and E, unsaturated fatty acids and mineral salts. Silymarin is a substance with anti-oxidative properties, protects the liver parenchyma, anti-inflammatory and cleansing. Regulates intestinal and bowel movements cycle, protects liver cells against toxins, drugs, alcohol, prevents cirrhosis and liver fibrosis. Also affects fat metabolism, lowers cholesterol and inhibits the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
The seeds of milk thistle are recommended for use in the following situations:
- Hepatic insufficiency
- Abuse of painkillers
- High cholesterol
- Treatment Cleansing
|other names||cardus marianus, milk thistle, Mary thistle,variegated thistle|
|purpose||headaches, migraine, hangover, purification of the body, liver, high cholesterol|
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