Milk thistle commonly known as silymarin is a herb native to the Mediterranean countries. The most common benefit that it provides is related liver disorders. Many studies have shown that milk thistle helps lower cholesterol levels and helps people manage type 2 diabetes.
Benefits of Milk Thistle for the liver:
- Strengthens hepatocyte (a liver cell)
- Serious antioxidant
- Reduces damage to liver cells
- Regenerates liver cells
- Protects loss of glutathione
- Supports thyroid conversion (T4-T3)
Other viable health benefits of Milk Thistle:
Supports immune health
Several studies have suggested that milk thistle has immunomodulatory effects. Researchers found silymarin stimulated the immune system. It can suppress an overactive immune system to tamp down on chronic inflammation in conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Helps fight acne
Silymarin’s antioxidant properties might help boost the effectiveness of acne treatments. Research suggests people who took 140 milligrams of silymarin and 100 milligrams of doxycycline capsules daily for 8 weeks showed a reduction in acne lesions.
Helps Prevent Cancer
Recent studies have shown that ‘Silymarin’ is effective in checking the growth of cancer cells and also stifles the growing cancer cells in the human body. Silybin a flavonoid found in Milk thistle protects the healthy cells from getting infected. Its anti-oxidizing nature helps the body counter the oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Aids Kidney and Gall-bladder Function
Its anti-oxidative nature stimulates cell regeneration and purifies blood besides improving the circulation of bile. Patients undergoing dialysis and those suffering from gall-bladder stones can benefit from the regular intake of milk thistle supplements.
Milk thistle is generally considered safe for most people, though it does have the potential to cause gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and itchiness.
It could trigger an allergic reaction, too, especially if you have an allergy to related plants like marigold, ragweed, daisies, or chrysanthemums.
A few specific groups should take extra care with this herbal remedy. Talk with your GP before using milk thistle.
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