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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.

Active Component

  • Silymarin

What Are The Proposed Benefits of Milk Thistle?

  • Liver detoxification
  • Promotes skin health
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Has anti-aging effects

Clinical Evidence

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.

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