What is Milk Thistle?
Milk thistle, also known as Silybum marianum, is a herbal remedy derived from the milk thistle plant that is believed to have medicinal properties. It is commonly used as a home remedy to treat liver problems, detoxify the liver and promote liver tissues regeneration. Milk thistle extract has a high amount of silymarin (between 65–80%) that has been concentrated from the milk thistle plant. Silymarin is known to have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
What Are The Proposed Benefits of Milk Thistle?
- Liver detoxification
- Promotes skin health
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Has anti-aging effects
Research has shown the active ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, acts as an antioxidant by reducing free radical production. Scientists think this creates a detoxifying effect and improve liver function. (1)
(1) Abenavoli L, Capasso R, Milic N, Capasso F. Milk thistle in liver diseases: past, present, future. Phytother Res. 2010 Oct;24(10):1423-32.